Is there life after the BBC?
Jemma Cooper is a media professional with a difference. She has worked as a journalist with a regional daily newspaper and has subsequently had an extensive career as a BBC journalist and presenter. Today, she is a much happier person and she is freelance: freelance in work and freelance in life. So what caused the positive change? She has one simple answer. She dared to pay attention to the reality of the Covid lockdowns and the protests.
Not only that, she dared to get out on the streets, to meet and talk with these people, who included other professionals, who were all deeply concerned about government policy and were making their views known. For some of her BBC colleagues, her actions in doing so were considered such an affront and concern that she was ‘grassed’ with smear stories to the local press. The atmosphere, and the pressure brought to bear upon her within the BBC to drop her new-found protest awareness and to get back in Auntie’s line and conform, became so unbearable that she left the position and career that she loved.
Losing supportive colleagues and some friends, Cooper took up the challenge to learn more about the world on her own. She decided to be true to herself and was rewarded by doors and opportunities opening. She recognised the start of ‘waking up’ to a world that was not as it seemed.
In her discussion with Brian Gerrish, Jemma covers a fascinating spread of topics: the BBC as the de-facto civil service broadcasting arm of the Government; problems of conforming in the gilded corporate cage; whether it is groupthink or something more malign at the top that steers British public bodies away from common sense and compassion; the programming of our children, transhumanism, and the experiment in human behaviour, social distancing and control in Covid–19 lockdown; and more.
She laughs at the mention of Marianna Spring, whom she regards as a classic BBC person: young, enthusiastic and ready to conform and perform to every BBC desire—the young child calling “me, me” to attract the teacher’s attention. She would like to meet Spring, to see whether she can have a productive exchange of ideas with her.
The future? Jemma Cooper sees it as positive, as people wake up, social media expands and many are working to exit the matrix. She is delighted to be working with the World Council for Health and is enthused by its drive to inform and warn on important matters of health. She is a UK Column viewer.