ALIEN DETECTION was SUPPRESSED by the BBC - top boffin
What if they start swearing? What about health & safety?
The BBC tried to put the kibosh on rock-star physicist Brian Cox's plan to eavesdrop on a planet with a radio telescope - because the corporation was apparently afraid the discovery of alien life could violate the Beeb's editorial guidelines.
Perhaps Auntie feared the little green men, if found, would drop a very large swear bomb during a live broadcast of the space experiment.
Prof Cox, who fronts TV show Stargazing Live, told Shaun Keaveny on BBC's 6 Music breakfast programme that he was perplexed by the broadcaster's fixation with "regulations and health and safety".
The science star wanted to detect signals from the planet Threapleton Holmes B when it was discovered by the TV show's viewers. But the idea of earwigging the celestial body live on telly sent waves of panic through the ranks of BBC producers, who apparently told Cox: "You can't do that."
"The BBC actually said: you can't do that. We need to go through the regulations and health and safety and everything, in case we discover a signal from an alien civilisation," Prof Cox told 6 Music listeners this week.
"[I replied] you mean we would discover the first hint that there is other intelligent life in the universe beyond Earth, live on air, and you're worried about the health and safety of it? It was incredible."
Suffice to say, the BBC needn't have worried - unless of course Prof Cox was pointing a radio telescope at a planet full of Shaun Ryder aliens. ®
I can believe it too
Just about says everything that is wrong with the BBC and country in general.
>fsst< "Greetings Earth creatures. This is Zarg from the planet you call Threapleton Holmes B".
>click< "We have observed your puny attempts to intercept our broadcast signals and rebroadcast them on your own BBC network."
>squark< "Unfortunately you have failed to purchase a licence to do this, and our saucers containing crack teams of IP lawyers are entering your atmosphere even as you hear my words. Resistance is futile."
>crackle< "I warn you, we know about, and have already neutralised, your small dog defence system." >pop<
Who at the BBC?, name names, shame the idiot who made the decision