BBC accused over Cherie Blair book
29.05.08 | Philip Jones
The BBC has been accused by listeners of acting as a "publicity machine" for Cherie Blair with its constant coverage of her memoirs, notes the Telegraph.
They are furious at the way the corporation's air waves have been allowed to be used by the former prime minister's wife to promote her book, Speaking for Myself. During one 30-minute interview with Jenni Murray on the Radio 4 programme Woman's Hour, Mrs Blair used the phrases 'the book' or 'my book' 45 times - leading to accusations she was shamelessly promoting the title. According to the piece, "scores" of licence fee-payers complained at the scale of coverage describing it as a 'scandalous misuse of the licence fee' and said it has become part of the 'Blair moneymaking machine'.