CBBC TV hosts are either gay or childless & hate children"


BBC children's TV hosts 'are either gay or childless... and they don't like kids', claims children's presenter

Last updated at 01:02am on 21st August 2007

BBC children's TV hosts 'are either gay or childless... and they don't like kids', claims children's presenter

A BBC children's presenter has said that "everyone at CBBC is either gay or childless and don't like kids".

Kirsten O'Brien, a stalwart of the corporation's programmes for youngsters, made the claim during a stand-up show at the Edinburgh festival.

And she added: "Still, at least we're better than Palestinian children's TV, which gets kids to sing songs about AK-47 rifles."

Miss O'Brien, 35, has been performing Confessions Of A Children's TV Presenter at the festival and is due to return to filming at the BBC in two weeks' time.

Born in Middlesbrough, she now lives in North London with her boyfriend. The couple have no children.

She first worked on CBBC in the Nineties as a general presenter and has gone on to host SMart, SMarteenies, Totally Doctor Who and BBC 7's Little Toe Radio Show.

Last night, the corporation insisted that her remarks about her colleagues had been made in jest.

A spokesman said: "Kirsten's joke is a throwaway line and is clearly meant to be ironic.

"The audience is totally different at the festival because it is for adults.

"We wouldn't check her script if she was doing something separate from the BBC.

"She is due back on air in the autumn and this wouldn't affect that."

However, Miss O'Brien's comment could not have come at a worse time for the corporation.

It is the latest in a series of gaffes by the makers and presenters of BBC children's shows.

Only last week, Blue Peter host Konnie Huq embarrassed her bosses when it emerged that she had attended an event organised by London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Her presence provoked accusations that she was breaking the corporation's rules on political impartiality.

The BBC's deputy director-general Mark Byford said: "It was felt that the BBC and the programme should not be linked with anything that might be construed as campaigning."

Miss Huq, 31, has already resigned from Blue Peter in the wake of the telephone quiz scandal which hit the show and is due to leave next spring after ten years on the show.

The series was found to have used a studio guest to pose as a competition winner in a programme aired in November.

Some 14,000 children had taken part with no chance of winning.

Last month, BBC charity shows Comic Relief, Children In Need and Sport Relief were also discovered to have faked competition winners.

Blue Peter's reputation was previously hit in 1998 when Huq's then boyfriend and co-presenter Richard Bacon admitted taking cocaine after being exposed by a newspaper.

Bacon became the first presenter to be fired in the aftermath of a drugs scandal.

The BBC faced further embarrassment this year when it was forced to issue an apology for showing manipulated footage of the Queen in a documentary trailer.

It implied that she had stormed out of a sitting with photographer Annie Leibovitz, when in fact the images of her had been taken as she walked towards the photographer's studio.
Not just CBBC either.

BBC News (and to be fair ITN's various offerings, as well as Sky) is almost entirely in the hands of middle class women who go to the right parties and promote each other to the top.

Most of the autocue dollies (many of whom can barely string a sentence together without assistance and who would never, ever, get those expensive shoes dirty by actually going out and doing some proper work) are not only over-pampered, giggling cretins, but it's amazing how many of them are over-pampered, giggling Asian cretins: the BBC has diversity targets to meet.

Intellectual standards have sunk so low that they keep having to bring the best and the brightest (Ben Brown and Matt Frei) back from where they should be reporting in order to rescue proceedings.

2nd Headline at top of BBC 6'O'Clock News last week from Natasha Crapinski: "How the rainy summer is affecting your holidays".


Actually true, well seems so nowadays. I like the way the BBC try and throw it away as 'a joke'. I think it comes down to 'peado-mania' (is that a word?) a straight middle aged man who fronts a kid show is suspicious nowadays, where as a effeminate young man seems more 'comfortable with children' because he is seen almost like a woman (happy, clappy type who is so camp that he poses no threat).

God, what I am trying to say is coming across wrong. I don't mean 'normal' gay, I mean the stereotypical Graham Norton types (the very fact that you could know that the presenters are gay shows that they are acting in a stereotypical gayness way, otherwise you wouldn't know they were gay, what I mean is that if you thought a presenter was straight, but he was gay, then he hadn't been acting in a gay way, or stereoptyical gay way)....oh fcuk it, I'll get me coat.
Many moons ago we had Blur (a popular musical combo m'lud) on a programme I was a runner for down at C4.

Wen't for a slash and found the singer and a male producer sharing the romantic confines of the staff toilet.
non ******* story its a ******* joke at the Edinburgh fringe
next squaddie slags off rsm down pub :roll:
and as for the political event it was about cycling for ffs :x
King_of_the_Burpas said:
Many moons ago we had Blur (a popular musical combo m'lud) on a programme I was a runner for down at C4.

Wen't for a slash and found the singer and a male producer sharing the romantic confines of the staff toilet.
I wouldn't put it past that Albarn character. Who was the other chap, Toby Anstis?
They don't make em like Tony Hart any more. Taken from his B3ta interview

If you were elected as President of the United States of America, what would you do?
Take the first flight back to the UK.
Do you think you could take Rolf Harris in a fight?
Well; as Rolph never stops talking I might just do it .... I used to be quite handy in my youth.


”Not just CBBC either.”

Maybe the whole policy composition needs looking at? There’s BBC3, aka the ‘Two Pints of Lager’ channel – yes, amusing the first 327 times. Then there’s BBC4. Quite nice, no adverts (as such) and some serious informative programming – but gay, you can practically hear the thruhpny bits hitting the floor.
They showed Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain and that of Simon Sharma. I enjoy them both very much, though find Sharma hard to concentrate on as he needs a broom stuck down his shirt when on camera. However, the series were shown once. Miss an episode and maybe wait ‘X’ years for a rerun. Now, Stephen 'Oscar' Fry has a 50th birthday, and he gets an alleged ‘weekend’ which is more like a week, with reruns and reruns and reruns and reruns. Not to be misunderstood, I like Fry’s work and find some of his characters exceptional. Whether he’s an iron or not really doesn’t come into it, but, if the BBC are supposed to be providing a wide and fair balance of viewing for it’s paymasters – i.e. us – bloody do so.
And while we’re at it, especially BBC4, stick to your published schedule! You’ve got no real paid advertisers to placate so there’s no excuse for sloppy timing. Pull you shorts up and pay attention!
Everyone does omnibus versions now so why not you? Yes, after stretching out episodes for 4 to 6 weeks (one slot a week), do a full back-to-back for anyone who may have missed a bit, or had their recording buggered because of sloppy punctuality. AND, we are digital now, no? Hence there’s massive scope for interactive etc – yes there is – so, while if I were deaf I no doubt would appreciate someone on screen signing to me, as I’m not (yet), please stick the signing person on a option system like subtitles so they can turned on or off.
Might as well complete this catharsis, BBC Radio, particularly World Service. I am sick and tired of loosing the service because some fly-eater has chosen, deliberately, to bleed all over your frequency. ‘Oh, not abiding by the rules are they?’ ‘Lord of the Flies’ pal, i.e. ‘Bollox to the rules’. Crank your output up and bleed them out of existence. If anyone complains, do what they do. Say it’s a temporary fault due to the ionosphere, which you are attending to – then do SFA about it.



A thought occurs: if all these young ladies have to work with are a bunch of sausage-jockeys, they must be gagging for some. Where do I apply to join CBBC?

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