The Blue Peter cat

MarkThompsonBlofeldThe admission of the new examples of fakery was made by BBC director general Mark Thompson this week as he provided an update to the BBC Trust. He outlined two breaches involving online voting. The first was a vote used to determine the name of a new Blue Peter kitten. The name Cookie was selected by online voters but was overruled by part of the production team in favour of Socks which was deemed to be a “more suitable” name for the kitten.An apology is to be broadcast to Blue Peter viewers in the first edition of the new series on 25 September and the show is to introduce a new kitten next week, who will be given the name Cookie as voted for by viewers. Socks will also remain on the show. From Broadcast

More suitable! What’s wrong with Cookie? Memo to Blue Peter production team, Hitler is an unsuitable name for a cat, Cookie is a fine name. Perhaps they whipped themselves into a frenzy fearing the Daily Mail headlines ‘Cookie linked to Childhood obesity’. That’s the only reason I can think that they’d ‘overrule’ it. Imagine the BP team in a stuffy room at TVC arguing to and fro like the cast of 12 Angry Men, over the name of a cat.

4 Responses to “The Blue Peter cat”

  1. 1 Maz September 20, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Number 3. Though I wouldn’t have even heard of it until all this came about and I looked it up!

  2. 2 Paul Condon September 21, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    And now it seems that there was a perfectly good reason why the now-sacked editor chose to disregard ‘Cookie’ and call the cat ‘Socks’. From the Guardian site:

    “There was some late surge for the name that was in second place. A group of people decided to [vote] on a multiple basis, clearly there was something fishy about it,” the Blue Peter insider told

    “He decided to go with the name that was leading [before the late surge of votes]. He decided that not on his own initiative but because he was alerted to it by technical people.”

    Cookie, the name that eventually won the viewers’ poll, was for most of the vote was in second place behind Socks, until the late surge, the source said.”

    So, yet again, another example of the BBC choosing to hammer nails into itself for no good reason. I give up, I really do.

  3. 3 Chris September 24, 2007 at 9:14 am

    I actually think Hitler is a perfectly good name for a cat. If I had a cat I’d call it Hitler. Or Bastard.

  4. 4 Jim September 27, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    They could give it a practical name and call it ‘Rat Bastard’. Then the mafia might shoot it – problem solved.

    “And now, here’s Konnie with a report from Little Big Little Italy…”


    Not that the new Blue Peter is dumbing down at all… oh no…

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September 2007

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