The 'exclusive' by Marco Giannangeli and David Stephenson revealed:
The BBC was facing an angry backlash last night over its decision to snub the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial next week.
While the Queen will be honouring the 55,000 Bomber Boys who gave their lives for the country, BBC1 will be showing repeats of Cash In The Attic and Bargain Hunt.
Skip straight to the end of the article, however, and a quote from a BBC spokesman confirms that the BBC News Channel is, in fact, planning to broadcast the service live and BBC2 will broadcast a 50-minute tribute programme at 5pm (repeated at 11.20pm). Furthermore, the spokesman says:
"The Bomber Command Association are happy with our plans and have been working closely with us."
So what's behind this story appearing on the front page? Firstly, the paper's owner - Richard Desmond:
donated £500,000 to the memorial fund to match £500,000 raised by our readers.
Secondly, Desmond owns Channel 5 and wafer-thin attacks on the BBC are not uncommon on the Sunday Express' front pages (see, for example, this and this).
So what is Desmond's Channel 5 doing to honour the Bomber Command? In what way will its coverage surpass that of the BBC?
According to the listings for 28 June on the Channel 5 website, when the midday service takes place the channel will be showing...Extreme Fishing with Robson Green.
Correction: a repeat of an episode of Extreme Fishing with Robson Green.
So Channel 5 isn't broadcasting the ceremony live, unlike the BBC. Will there be a special programme later, similar to the one the BBC is showing?
Nope. There are three different Big Brother programmes, a film about tornadoes, Monkey Life, The Baby With a New Face, Big Body Squad, two hours of soaps...but nothing on Bomber Command.
When will the Sunday Express also report on this 'snub'?