Liz Kershaw is interviewed in the Media Section of the Guardian today, marking her return to 6Music after the made-up contestants that appeared on her show:
The paper doesn't press her on how, exactly, it's better for listeners to be encouraged to phone in to a programme team who had long since slung their hooks, than to simply be treated like adults and told the programme is on tape. It does, however, ask her how she feels that she's been given a new job on 6Music while her producer, Leona McCambridge, got the push:
So is she saying she should not have been sacked?
"I daren't comment on that," she says pointedly. "I wish I could say more. But I'm a freelance presenter and I'm not going to bite the hand that feeds."
Which is fair enough - who would willingly talk themselves out of a job - but you can't always, simultaneously be a "woman of principle" and "not bite the hand that feeds." It's also questionable exactly what principles were in play when pretending to listeners that it's worthwhile phoning in to a prerecorded show, of course.
Set against, say, Ant and Dec's fleecing of hundreds of thousands of pounds from their viewers (oh, sorry, they were merely "vanity" executive producers, weren't they?), the Liz Kershaw affair was more a misguided botch than a deliberate con, and it's refreshing that - unlike many other people at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 who have been caught bodging, lying and conning this year - Kershaw admits she screwed up and accepts she was in the wrong.
It's just curious that once again the can is being carried by the off-air team and the presenter merely gets a reshuffle. You wonder if the daily calls and "bear-hug" from Jenny Abramsky mentioned in the article might give a clue as to why Kershaw is on 6Music again, and Cambridge is on the job market. It's never what you know, but who likes you.