Man complains over Bacon refund bid
A listener complained to the BBC after failing to get a refund on their licence fee when Richard Bacon joked he would reimburse anyone who did not enjoy an interview he did with Sir David Attenborough.
The man wrote to the BBC after the former Blue Peter star, who now hosts a show on Radio Five Live, told fellow presenter Shelagh Fogarty he would "personally reimburse the licence fee of any listener" who did not enjoy the interview.
A BBC Trust report said the complainant " emailed the programme after the broadcast to say he had not enjoyed the interview and would like his licence fee reimbursed but only received an automated response".
He then complained to BBC Audience Services saying he e xpected Bacon to "make good on his promise", but was told the presenter " was indeed joking when he made this statement".
He also urged the BBC to ask Bacon " to reply to me in person", saying " it is the least he can do following his live on air promise", but the Trust ruled it was "reasonable" for " Audience Services to provide a response, rather than for it to come from Richard Bacon directly".
Bacon tweeted about his show yesterday, saying: " If I can't make this show good, ill resign at 4 O'Clock. "