A Few Lines

The Times:

Broadcasting executives addicted to cocaine are routinely praised by bosses for their “creative genius”, a former BBC producer told MPs.

Sarah Graham, who worked on children’s programmes for the corporation and took cocaine for nine years, said use of the drug remained widespread among senior media executives and taking it helped to boost their careers.

The Times also provides a brief history of coke sniffing BBC celebs. Same story covered by the Telegraph, and the Mail.

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16 Responses to A Few Lines

  1. Ian says:

    Ah now that explains quie alot.



  2. james caine says:

    They forgot to mention the rent boys.


  3. Travis Bickle says:

    Film it undercover, sell it to the mail, end of coke snorting at the BBC.  Anyone?


  4. Idiotboy says:

    Funny, but until a couple of minutes ago I was struggling to find a positive aspect to the prospect of the introduction of Sharia law across the UK……………. 


  5. Bob says:

    People in the media do cocaine? What a revelation!

    god love how the Mail twisted that into ‘praising cocaine use’


    • John Horne Tooke says:

      Cocaine is an illegal drug? But apprently BBC presenters see no problem taking part in an illegal activity at the licence payers expense. What other illegal activity would you like to fund how about fraud or burglary? If you are happy at funding an illegal acivity then you pay for it – why should I?


  6. Martin says:

    I’d love to enforce compulsory drugs testing at the BBC.


  7. Fat Face Penguin Seal says:

    Didn’t Winston Churchill take cocaine ? I think maybe Queen Victoria too. It’s hardly earth shattering news is it? DB makes it sound like a whole group of BBC employees take money out of the ‘licence fee’ box in their office to go and buy coke.


    • John Horne Tooke says:

      What the hell has that got to do with it?  Churchill and Queen Victoria did not go around sniffing coke. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries many medicines contained cocaine. E.g

      “Cocaine-containing throat lozenges, “indispensable for singers, teachers, and orators.” In addition to quieting a sore throat, these lozenges undoubtedly provided the “pick-me-up” to keep these professionals performing at their peak. This box of lozenges is from a Belgium pharmacy (c. 1900). Local pharmacies often bought their drugs in bulk and packaged them for consumers under their own labels.”
      Typical dishonest (or ignorant) post to try and smear people (especially highly regarded British heroes) from the past to justify your weak point.


    • Martin says:

      Churchill got pissed if i remember, but YES I do object to a bunch of camp left wing pillocks at the BBC buying drugs with MY tax money.


  8. The Beebinator says:

    dont worry about cocaine, its the modern skunk  that beeboids smoke which sould be more worrying to us. Remember johnny diamond trying to smuggle skunk across international borders?

    now lets get this straight, this wasnt the same type of  marijuana that we smoked 20 years ago, no siree bob. These skunks are about 120,000,000 times stronger that

    skunk is so strong, that if Johnny had got his drugs onto the plane, even while flying at 35000 ft, it would cause a new born child, who saw the vapor trail of the plane, to get hold of a heavy machine gun and go on a shooting spree, killing everyone within a 1000 miles radius

    and what did al beeb do to Johnny, nothing, i feel sorry for the children, wont someone thing of the children

    well it must be 4:20 somewhere, i have to go, theres something i need to do


  9. D B says:

    Bob: “People in the media do cocaine? What a revelation!”

    So we mustn’t mention things that are widely known, even when they’re in the news, is that it? You should have a word with the producers of Today in Parliament on R4 because they reported Sarah Graham’s testimony on last night’s programme. Bunch of idiots, wasting their time broadcasting stuff that everyone already knows.

    FFPS: “DB makes it sound like a whole group of BBC employees take money out of the ‘licence fee’ box in their office to go and buy coke.”

    Where do I make it sound like that, exactly?

    From the Times: “taking it helped to boost their careers” – slightly dysfunctional, no?


  10. Duncan Stott says:

    The full Home Affairs Select Committee Q&A session with Sarah Graham can be found here.

    I know you folks are keen on balance 🙂 so I feel obliged to point out she said that there were companies she worked for that had a far worse cocaine culture. She picked MTV out as a particularly bad example.

    This is an issue across the media industry, not just the BBC. It shouldn’t be surprising that the Times, Telegraph and Mail wanted to downplay the extent of the problem.


    • D B says:

      I’m not claiming the problem is unique to the BBC, but Graham does say that she became a coke addict as a consequence of working there. I note that she also said this:

      “The influences within popular culture are moving into other substances. I’ve recently written an article for Addiction Today talking about the emerging crystal meth problem which is starting in the gay club scene.”

      Is she singling out the gay lifestyle for special negative attention? Alert the luvvie twitterers! Twitch-hunt the homophobe!


  11. Ian says:

    Wonder how long it will take for the panaroma team to go undercover on this one…


  12. D B says:

    What is with media types and red rectangular glasses? In fact, could Sarah Graham and F-Bombgate suspect Ben Jacobs be related?