Tuesday 17 September 2019

Paul Kimmage vents fury at BBC on Twitter

Paul Kimmage and right Chris Froome
Paul Kimmage and right Chris Froome
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Paul Kimmage has criticised BBC Newsnight after the broadcaster appeared to drop him from an arranged interview about Chris Froome and the Tour de France last night.

Froome has been irrepressible in this year’s Tour de France which has led to some commentators question the validity of his performances.

Sunday Independent columnist Kimmage took to Twitter today and revealed that the broadcasting giant pulled out of an arranged interview at the very last minute.

According to Kimmage, the BBC told him the item had been dropped in favour of a political piece. However, there was a Tour de France feature on BBC Newsnight last night.

“1/3 Received a call from @BBCNewsnight yesterday afternoon about Chris Froome and the TDF. I offered my opinion and was asked to come on...,” wrote Kimmage.

“2/3 At 21.52, as I was preparing to leave for a studio in Dublin they called to tell me the item had been cancelled for a "political story"

“3/3 That's true, isn't it @BBCNewsnight? There was no item on the Tour de France last night?”

While BBC did not respond on Twitter, Kimmage continued to seek answers on why he was dropped at the very last minute and told that a ‘political piece’ was replacing the arranged Tour feature.

“Hey @BBCNewsnight I can accept you don't want to upset the national mood. But do you really have to lie about it?” asked Kimmage.

He has yet to receive an answer.

Kimmage is well-known for his strong views on the sport of cycling and his belief that drug use is still rife in the sport.

Read Kimmage's hard-hitting column every Sunday in the Sunday Independent.

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