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16/06/04
Ken Attacked by Birdman Bill Oddie
- BBC issues apology after comments on mayor's pigeon policy

PARAKEETS AND FALCONS have been in the news recently but today they make way in the headlines for London's traditional bird, the pigeon.

BBC TV wildlife presenter Bill Oddie has hit out at London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who is up for re-election today, over the latter's policy of trying to rid Trafalgar Square of what he sees as the flying pests.

"Ken wants to get rid of all pigeons, well I don't think that's a very good move but I'll have a chance to vote, figure that one out Ken," Oddie said on Britain Goes Wild With Bill Oddie last night.

The comment was in clear breach of the BBC's rules and drew a quick apology from the channel: "Bill Oddie and the programme team realise that this comment was not in line with the BBC's strict policy of impartiality and is not in any way representative of the BBC," a spokesperson said.

Pigeons haven't been high on the agendas of Mayoral candidates until now and it could be that Oddie's intervention has come too late to save our feathered friends, especially since most of Livingstone's rivals back his anti-pigeon campaign. It should be said that Oddie's interest in pigeons isn't itself wholly benevolent as he wants them to stay in town to provide food for falcons.

As well as the mayoral election, Londoners today go to the polls to vote for members of the Greater London Assembly and for members of the European Parliament.




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