The BBC has dismissed one of its most experienced correspondents for his failure to deploy the BBC standardised egg puns.
The Daily Express reports that Geoff Jones 53, who joined the BBC as a junior reporter 29 years ago, was relieved of his position after a piece for BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ on the history of the eggcup.
According to the Daily Express “They sacked him for breaching their code of conduct, which states that all employees must use at least 3 of the prescribed standard egg puns in any piece about or relating to eggs.”
Leaked details of the BBC code state:
“Any piece to camera about or relating to eggs must include 3 of the following puns or derivations thereof:
Egg-cellent, eggs-ample etc…..
You must be yolking
You crack me up
That’s all yolks
Oeuf (for off)
How much did you shell out?
Any reference to egg cooking style: hard boiled, fried, poached etc…
Employees may also use puns of their own, however these must first have been approved for use by the compliance department. Failure to deploy the puns is deemed as gross misconduct”
Married father of 2 Mr Jones, who is appealing the decision, said “It all seems a bit extreme to me, yes I said extreme not eggs-treme, I mean, I did finish the piece by calling Dom Littlewood a Cock”