Simon MacMichael May 9 2017
BBC Sussex has deleted a tweet in which it asked “Who’s to blame here? The cyclist or the van?” in relation to an incident in which a van driver, who was subsequently sacked, was filmed forcing a cyclist off the road.
Footage of the incident received blanket media coverage over the weekend and as we reported on Sunday, once it came to the attention of the managing director of Vidette UK Ltd, the company the van belonged to, the driver’s employment was immediately terminated.
Despite the company’s firm action and apology, BBC Sussex framed the incident on Twitter this morning in a way that suggested the cyclist, who managed to remain upright and escaped without injury, may have done something wrong.
Its tweet was condemned by a number of Twitter users, including cycling campaigners, media figures and even West Midlands Police, and was later deleted – but not before a screengrab had been taken of it by several Twitter users, including the Guardian’s Peter Walker.
. @BBCSussex seem to have deleted their absurd “who’s to blame?” tweet on van driver forcing cyclist off the road. Here it is for posterity