How tactless. How Murdoch.
Times Radio is a Rupert Murdoch venture – it’s run by his firm News UK – and will start broadcasting on June 29. So the organisation put out a press release today (June 2) announcing its initial line-up.
Fair enough? Not really.
You see, among the presenters is Amber Rudd, the former Tory Home Secretary who had to quit her job over her appallingly bad handling of the racist Windrush scandal.
She was the one who misled Parliament over a memo showing that the Home Office had a target number of people to deport from the UK, if you remember.
Now, after a week of violence in the United States over the killing by police of unarmed George Floyd, on the same day the Conservative governent here in the UK refused to release a report on the way black and minority ethnic people have been disproportionately harmed in the Covid-19 crisis… Times Radio announces this danger to black people will be hosting a happy-go-lucky radio talk show.
The message is clear: This privileged white woman persecuted vulnerable black people so we’re rewarding her.
The channel’s press release refers to “former Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd with her journalist daughter Flora Gill, talking about their different takes on the world, picking up on their popular social media interactions”.
And it quotes Rudd as saying: “It will be a great platform for me to put Flora in her place.” Will she be deporting her daughter, then?
If this Murdoch channel wanted to throw away listeners, it could not have done a better job than by starting with this. The reaction on social media has been poisonous:
There's never a good time to bring back Amber Rudd but giving a radio show to the woman who was fired for a scandal of deporting black people who had resided legally in this country for 50 years during a period of unprecedented race riots seems like the worst possible time. https://t.co/E6VFFP0xZ1
— Ghostface Kafka (36 Chambers) (@TheKafkaDude) June 2, 2020
Never, ever, let them tell you we are better than America.
— The Trashies (@TheTrashiesUK) June 2, 2020
I’m scared I won’t get a journalism job because I speak out about racism – meanwhile Amber Rudd and her daughter are given slots at Time Radio after Amber Rudd deported the Windrush
I hate this country
— Nadine Batchelor-Hunt | נדין ציפורה (@nadinebh_) June 2, 2020
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