Christmas: Esther Rantzen and Kirstie Allsopp clash on rules
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Kirstie Allsopp, 49, has spoken out on Twitter to her followers about how the BBC is moving its offices outside of central London. The Location, Location, Location presenter took to social media tonight to air her opinion on the news.
Writing in front of her 424,000 followers, Kirstie spoke about her sympathy for those who will be working away from their family as a result of the news.
The presenter shared an article from The Times about the news with the headline ‘BBC Newsnight and Today to be presented outside London’.
Alongside this, she wrote: “This will mean the people who work on these shows who live in London because that’s where the shows were made are now going to see less of their children”.
The news that the BBC was going to move some of its key departments and staff outside of London was announced yesterday.
The broadcaster confirmed many of its staff will be moving to Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and Salford.
There was also confirmation some shows will be filmed outside of London, including Newsnight and Radio 4’s flagship Today programme.
Some of Kirstie’s followers responded negatively to her tweets, pointing out people often have to move to different locations for their jobs.
This led the presenter to address her comments in several more tweets.
She continued: “What the hell is wrong with being sympathetic towards people who are having to chose (sic) between uprooting their families and losing their jobs?
“I have spent a lot of time away from my kids in order to keep my (yes, highly paid) job.
“I am very aware of the toll it takes on everyone.
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“Therefore when I have seen the news about shows moving away from London I feel sympathy for those involved.
“This doesn’t mean I don’t know they are lucky to have jobs/choice/in a few cases high profiles.
“My sympathy is not rationed, I’m not going to run out of it”.
Kirstie also replied to some specific criticism from her followers as well.
One Twitter user wrote: “People do live in Birmingham!”
The presenter replied: “Yes, and some of them are in homes they bought on our show!
“Really I don’t need lectures on there being life outside London”.
She continued in another tweet: “I simply do not understand people who think sympathy is limited or binary”.
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