Has the BBC ‘disappeared’ fantasy author?

14 Jun

I missed the news last night but I’ve been able to get the general gist of what’s happening.

Several BBC executives, angry at having to move house from Television Centre to a barge on Manchester Ship Canal (where I live), have made the ultimate protest by chasing a famous fantasy fiction author across Europe; finally capturing him in Switzerland where they beat him to death with a Tolblerone.

One of the vigilante BBCers is reported as justifying her actions thusly: “The government is living in a fantasy land if it thinks we’re going to give up on our expensive and arcane old building for the sake of efficiency and providing a proper pan-UK service without a London bias. This author chappy creates such fantasy worlds and therefore deserves to die.”

This story is a moral mine-field but I guess the BBC has the right to choose to kill someone.

Terry Pratchett is 63.

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