11:27 12 July 2012
TV presenter Keith Chegwin was said to have been offended by a harsh tweet posted by a BBC presenter in Wiltshire. The BBC presenter, Marie Lennon, criticized the 52-year-old’s voice by saying that it “makes (her) feel physically sick.”
The tweet was said to have been posted after Lennon heard the news that the TV presenter and theatre actor was due to stay in Aladdin at Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, Wiltshire this year.
To make matters worse, another BBC radio presenter, Anna Bird, who is based in Swindon, seconded the comment, saying “I agree! I felt sick at work today and now I know why.”
Chegwin, known as Cheggers and popularized by his appearance in Scouse, responded to the comment through Twitter, calling it “rude” and accused Lennon of using BBC’s name to criticize him. He also concluded by saying, “How BBC radio has changed. Sad.”
Lennon quickly deleted the tweet and apologized to Cheggers, blaming a ‘very long day’ for her harsh tweet. She has also deleted her Twitter account since the incident.
BBC spokesman has also commented on the matter: “This was her personal view for which she has now apologised. It doesn’t reflect the views of the station.”
The spokesman also clarified that BBC is still ‘looking forward’ to Keith Chegwin’s pantomime performance at the Wyvern Theatre on December.
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