Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ofcom, PSB2, POBAL and a menu

Browsing the responses to phase 2 of Ofcom’s Second Public Service Broadcasting Review, I clicked through to read the contribution from POBAL - a local umbrella organisation for the Irish language community.

POBAL's response to phase 2 of Ofcom's PSB 2 review?

A surreal joke from POBAL? A mistake by Ofcom? Or a hidden code that we need to get Dan Brown to decipher and interpret? Or the restaurant which will be hosting the PSB team's Christmas dinner?

Update - 5pm - It's now been fixed and the proper response from POBAL published in place of the menu. However, it does raise an interesting a naughty question in my mind. If someone was to send in a surreal response to a consultation - a drawing, or something written in crayon - would it have to be published alongside the more sensible contributions. And who regulates common sense? (Perhaps topical in light of the IWF's recent decision and U-turn.)

Though in the interests of spending taxpayers money wisely, and not frustrating the nice people at Ofcom, I want to make clear that I'm not suggesting that anyone tries out an overly creative response to any of their future consultations!


Timothy Belmont said...

Sounds delicious: I'll have some of that! :-)


Virtual Methodist said...

Who regulates common sense? Whoever they are would either be worked to death discarding everything that doesn't fit into that category, or totally redundant given the wholesale lack of such a thing.
But I too am thinking of taking up Irish if that's the menu for their annual Christmas do...

Alan in Belfast said...

Suspect the Baltic is closer to OFcom's London offices than POBAL!

Anonymous said...

Regarding unusual consultation responses - one of the last responses to A Shared Future (anyone remember that?) was an artistic presentation in the Long Gallery at Stormont. I wasn't there personally but pictures I was shown seemed to indicate a variety of what looked like shredded sheets suspended in various arrangements. Perhaps one had to be there in person to appreciate the full effect...however I'm not sure those who were there in person knew quite what to make of it all.