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16 November 2017

The BBC burns The Sun after its sleeping journalists splash

“Even with our eyes closed, it’s good to know the public trusts BBC News more than The Sun.”

By Media Mole

You may have woken up to the SHOCK news this morning – although you’re probably still in bed if you’re a lazy BBC hack – that The Sun thinks the licence fee is a waste of money.

Its really quite creepy splash today is a montage of BBC journalists sleeping at their desks in the newsroom.

For anyone with a shred of empathy, this simply shows that working in a 24-hour newsroom is an extremely demanding job. But for The Sun, it screams luxurious laziness and highlights why we shouldn’t be shelling out our hard-earned cash on a public service broadcaster (watch Sky instead!).

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The BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Quentin Sommerville, who has been reporting from the streets of Raqqa, the lazy sod, was quick to respond with his own snap of having a snooze, tweeting: “It’s true @TheSun we do sleep on the job. Our work is a bit taxing at times. @BBCNews doesn’t do lazy journalism. How about you?”

And the press office followed suit with a second burn, citing 2017 Ipsos MORI research into public trust in the UK media (spoiler: the BBC scores higher than The Sun­).

57 per cent to 0.3 per cent. Tiring work.