Campaign for BBC to ban “er”

Rant at the BBC after a particularly irritating news piece this morning:


Please could I request a BBC-wide ban on “er”?

This started out as an irritating affectation by Robert Peston your business editor, but has spread like verbal chlamydia to other reporters.

In Robin Brant’s live two-minute discussion with the studio this morning I counted no fewer than 23 “er”s, some very extended and Pestonesque.

This affectation is irritating, distracting and unnecessary. If the correspondent is searching for appropriate words, then a pause is far less intrusive. It’s basic media training.


Paul Harper