PR Lobbying & Spin


Manchester Evening News

LANCASHIRE branch of the NFU have sent a resolution to headquarters deploring the BBC’s handling of its “Brass Tacks” programme on Tuesday evening which members alleged was deliberately contrived to stimulate all the emotive arguments over current farming methods. Said Mr Chris Halhead, during Wednesday’s executive meeting: “I am sick of trying to produce food for people who are constantly trying to pull the rug out from under us

It Shouldn’t Happen To a Pig, Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1979)

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Brass Tacks
It Shouldn’t Happen To a Pig

Diseases spread quickly in factory farms unless antibiotics are used to keep them at bay. And those diseases increasingly develop antibiotic resistance that can spill over into the human population. So is it time to call a halt? Is it time to chose between cheap meat and safe meat?

Furious farmers ready for drugs phone-in

The Guardian

Farmers and butchers are furious over the colour photography of a piglet, on the cover of the current Radio Times, with the caption “meat and poultry may seriously affect your health. The photograph advertises the BBC-2 programme Brass Tacks, tonight devoted to the increasing use of drugs in agriculture, particularly on factory farms, and the increasing incidence of salmonella food poisoning in Britain. The National Farmers’ Union, which considered taking out an injunction against the Radio Times and promised to send “hot missiles” to the BBC’s chairman and director-general

Angry reply by farmers to pig programme

Leicester Mercury

LEICESTERSHIRE, Northamptonshire and Rutland farmers plan to take part in a nationwide phone-in which is being staged as a follow up to a BBC-2 television programme on Tuesday, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Pig They are angry about what they see as an attack on modern intensive farming methods forced on them by the public’s demand for cheap food. They are particularly angry about the front cover of the current Radio Times with its picture of a pig and caption, Health Warning: Meat and Poultry may seriously affect your health


Daily Mirror

A picture of a pig has got Britain’s farmers snorting with fury. It appears on the cover of the Radio Times‘ current issue with the caption: “Health warning: Meat and poultry may seriously affect your health.” The cover highlights tomorrow evening’s BBC-2 programme “Brass Tacks” which takes a critical look at meat production. And it was slammed as alarmist yesterday by the Meat and Livestock Commission. Chairman Wally Johnstone has sent a protest letter expressing “anger and concern” to the BBC Director General Ian Threthowan

Fury at Radio Times pig

Daily Mail

A COMBINED TV and radio programme on the use of drugs on farm animals has upset farmers and butchers even before it goes out. They are furious over the front cover of this week’s Radio Times which has a picture of a pig and the caption: ‘Health warning: Meat and poultry may seriously affect your health.’ Farmers and butchers have complained to the BBC’s Director General, Mr Ian Trethowan and Radio Times Editor Mr Geoffrey Cannon

Drugs-in-farming programme starts BBC-TV row

Farmers Guardian

A major row flared this week between leaders of the livestock and meat industries and the BBC. The cause is a Radio Times front cover colour picture of a pig drawing attention to a BBC2 television programme on the use of growth promoting drugs in farming. The programme, to be screened next Tuesday, is the first in a new series of discussion programmes entitled “Brass Tacks“. It will deal with the use and misuse of drugs in farming

Angry farmers attack BBC programme

Financial Times

Farmers and butchers are preparing to bombard the switchboards of BBC local and regional radio stations after next Tuesday’s Brass Tacks programme on BBC2 about modern practices in livestock farming and meat production. If the protesters have their way the TV panel scheduled to discuss the programme will be heavily loaded with industry spokesmen. The National Farmers’ Union,is preparing what a spokesman calls “hot missiles” to be sent speeding to the BBC’s director-general, the chairman of the corporation’s board of governors and Mr Geoffrey Cannon, editor of Radio Times.

Protest at drugs ‘scare’

Sunday Telegraph
Agricultural Correspondent

The National Farmers’ Union is preparing to send a strongly-worded letter of protest to Mr Ian Threthowan, director general of the BBC, about a forthcoming television programme which will claim that people may be harmed by eating meat from cattle, pigs and poultry which have been treated by veterinary drugs. The union, which represents 140,000 farmers in England and Wales, together with the British Veterinary Association and the National Federation of Meat Traders, are angry that they were not consulted about the contents of the programme