But when Mr Abbott’s father wrote to the BBC after his son’s death, the managing editor of BBC Radio Jersey, Jon Gripton, said that since Mr Norton was a ‘freelance artist’, the corporation had no responsibility for his off-air activities.
Mr Norton’s links with the BBC, however, are long-established and he hosts a three-hour show on Radio Jersey every weekday morning.
I have just noticed this new article by Tony on the subject:http://tonymusings.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-tragic-case-of-simon-abbot-what.html
Notwithstanding Tony's defence of Murray Norton, if it is true that the BBC's official excuse is that it has no responsibility for 'freelance' artists then that raises a lot of questions.
For example, are these freelancers able to make openly political comments in the media, Twitter etc., endorse whatever commercial products they wish, stand for election as a States Member whilst still having the option of returning to the BBC airwaves straight after the election, whether they are successful or not?
TV and radio personalities have an enormous advantage
over other candidates if they choose to stand for public office. This is the case in every part of the world, not just the Channel Islands. It still gets me angry recalling that BBC broadcast with Guy De Faye
just after he returned to Jersey and immediately before he declared he was standing for Senator. That was a total abuse but it worked- he got his seat in the States. There was a similar situation in Guernsey with Peter Roffey
- it seemed to me that whenever he wasn't appearing on CTV as a reporter then he was appearing on CTV as a Member of the Guernsey States, then whenever he wasn't in the States, he was back on CTV, honing his Mr Nice Personality skills for another run at the States in the future. Currently he's screwing up our beloved Co-op with Shenton but at least he's no longer appearing on our screens every night.
Then of course, there's Mrs. Ozouf
, who is currently providing an invaluable service to the government by failing to carry out essential Scrutiny on very controversial benefit changes, such as the radical cutting back of entitlement to Survivor's Benefit last year and the tough new sanctions regime on jobseekers, coming into force tomorrow. I am sure she will be adequately rewarded by Phil & Co after the next election...