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BBC Radio London responds after being criticised for leaving Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu out of University Challenge picture

The episode of University Challenge aired on Thursday (Picture: BBC)

BBC Radio London has responded online after being criticised by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu for leaving her out of a University Challenge picture.

The political and women’s rights activist represented the London School of Economics on a Christmas edition of the BBC Two quiz show on Thursday night, and later criticised the radio station’s social media account after being cropped out of a team picture.

The picture in question showed newsreader Fatima Manji, Olympic rower Oliver Cook and Robert Elms, but left out Dr Shola.

‘Why am I cut out of this picture @BBCRadioLondon?, Dr Shola questioned. ‘Just curious. There are 4 people on this LSE team. #UniversityChallenge.’

Responding to the post, the official BBC Radio London account wrote: ‘Hello @SholaMos1 the photo had been edited to put our presenter Robert in the centre. We’ll post another one with you included. Well done to you and the team. Great episode.’

The account later posted a picture of all four members of the team, and Dr Shola continued to criticise their decision.

The tweet was posted last night (Picture: Twitter)

She added: ‘No. It is not OK to edit me out of the team picture @BBCRadioLondon for all the reasons you should be aware of. Plus you’re ‘offering’ to post the correct team #UniversityChallenge LSE team only because I called you out on it… If I speak…’

The doctor went on to say: ‘Editing me out of #UniversityChallenge LSE team picture & giving this lame excuse is as insulting as it was intended to be.

‘You either show all team members or none at all with your presenter. Cropping me out when other team members are present is not acceptable @BBCRadioLondon.’

Dr Shola represented LSE (Picture: BBC)

When approached for comment by Metro.co.uk, a BBC spokesperson said: ‘The Radio London post was highlighting that one of the station’s presenters was going to be on University Challenge so the picture was cropped to put him in the centre.’

The festive edition of the show saw Dr Shola’s LSE miss out to Hertford college Oxford by 130 points to 75, in a game which also featured the likes of saxophonist Soweto Kinch and journalist Adam Fleming.

Dr Shola is known for works such as This Is Why I Resist, which analyses the impact of systemic racism. She has also featured on shows such as Good Morning Britain.

Ofcom was accused of playing down Piers Morgan’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex’s mental health following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

She previously said the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom was ‘whitewashing’ the ‘impact’ of Piers Morgan’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex’s mental health, when he said he ‘doesn’t believe’ the duchess felt suicidal while pregnant with her son Archie following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

‘A complete team picture was posted after the programme.

University Challenge is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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