A small gripe. A pretty good documentary on BBC2 last night, Who Should We Let In?, fronted by Ian Hislop, was largely based on a book of mine, The Refugee Question, and on quotes and illustrations I provided directly to the producer over the phone and through the internet; yet with no acknowledgment of my contribution at the end of the programme. Should I be miffed? Or simply pleased that my findings – original when I published them – have now entered into the general discourse? I guess that the slight disappointment I presently feel is unworthy of a scholar who should be more concerned to reveal truths, than to gain personal kudos. But we’re all human.

About bernardporter2013

Retired academic, author, historian.
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3 Responses to Acknowledgment

  1. Suzie Thornton says:

    I ditto the above…very rude of them!


  2. Phil says:

    I’d be absolutely furious.

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  3. There is no question that the producers have been unprofessional and discourteous. Obviously you have every right to be disappointed. The norms of attribution should apply as much on television as they do in print. If I lived in the UK, I would ring the BBC and complain that your work had been plagiarised.

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