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Sunday, March 29, 2015

We’re all tired, tetchy and hungry, say BBC crew – but we don’t hit people

Top cameraman says food allowance squeeze affects all programme staff – not just Clarkson

The violent argument over a lack of steak and chips that led to the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson is just a slice of daily life for embattled and hungry programme-makers working for the BBC, say professional camera crews. Cuts to the food budget and the size of film crews on documentaries and factual shows mean that teams working on location must work twice as hard, without much to eat.

This is the claim of Keith Massey, chairman of the Guild of Television Cameramen, who believes the empty larder at the end of a day’s filming that incensed Clarkson, former presenter of Top Gear, is the sign of a widespread problem in the corporation. Speaking this weekend, he said the declining support for pressurised television crews has finally inflicted a serious wound on the BBC.

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