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Boos for Beeb man

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The last thing you expect to hear at the RIBA's honorary fellows awards, an event held in conjunction with the annual lecture, is booing for one of those being honoured. And yet this is precisely what occurred last week when BBC director general Mark Thompson stood up to receive the honour. While Charles Knevitt read out a brief citation and the vast majority of the audience briefly clapped, one small group let rip with a very distinctive jeer. But what could be the reason? There are two possibilities. The first, and admittedly the most likely, is that some group or other was objecting to the wholesale job cuts the former journalist plans at Auntie. The other unlikely but more entertaining possibility was that there were people present who took exception to his cannibalistic tendencies, as revealed last month. If you remember, it was admitted that he took a bite out of a fellow journalist in the Beeb's newsroom back in 1998. Odd chap.

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