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Despite Argentine protests, BBC Top Gear Patagonia episode will be aired in Christmas

Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 22:33 UTC
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Argentina’s Ambassador to Britain Alicia Castro, has made formal complaints, accusing Clarkson and the program of being “provocative, bias and insulting” Argentina’s Ambassador to Britain Alicia Castro, has made formal complaints, accusing Clarkson and the program of being “provocative, bias and insulting”
Conflict began a few months ago when Clarkson was driving a Porsche with a licence plate “H982FLK”, making Argentina Falklands war veterans furious Conflict began a few months ago when Clarkson was driving a Porsche with a licence plate “H982FLK”, making Argentina Falklands war veterans furious

After refusing to apologize to Argentina over a much questioned Top Gear episode filmed in Argentina considered “offensive” by the government of President Cristina Fernandez, the BBC has taken the controversy to the next level, deciding to air the episode in the network’s prime-time Christmas slot.

 The conflict began a couple of months ago when Clarkson was seen driving a Porsche with a licence plate “H982FLK”, making Argentina Falklands war veterans and Argentine media to voice complaints as it recalled the year of the war and the British name of the islands, “Falklands”.

Argentina’s Ambassador to Britain Alicia Castro, has made formal complaints, accusing Clarkson and the program of being “provocative, bias and insulting” and aiming at the network’s executives for dismissing too hastily the Argentine government’s requests and ignoring BBC own guidelines.

On Monday Ms. Castro sent a formal letter to the Chair of the BBC Trust, Mrs Rona Fairhead requesting to reconsider the network’s refusal to “appropriately manage” the complaint about the show’s star Jeremy Clarkson.

Despite Argentina’s protest, the BBC has confirmed that Top Gear will air in a prime-time Christmas slot this year, alongside favorites such as ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Call The Midwife’, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’

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  • gordo1

    So there, Alicita!

    Nov 25th, 2014 - 11:19 pm 0
  • Redrow

    Are there any professional diplomats in the Argentine embassy to tell Castro how demented this looks? Can we lend them some just to make it a fairer fight?

    Nov 25th, 2014 - 11:33 pm 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    Headline should read:
    Thanks to Argentine protests, BBC Top Gear Patagonia episode will be aired in Christmas

    I think you should complain again Alicia.

    Top Gear cold at least do the honourable thing and invite her down to the track to do a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. I'm sure an exemption from being a star could be arranged.

    Nov 25th, 2014 - 11:38 pm 0
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