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BBC bogies when it comes to McDowell

Published 01/07/2011

Is it too much to expect the powers-that-be in the BBC to attempt to get things right when mentioning surnames and locations in Northern Ireland?

Recent gaffes include the pronunciation of the family name 'McDowell'.

Go to any city, town or village and seek anyone out using 'BBCspeak' and the odds are the return will be a blank stare, although the McDowell name is prevalent throughout the province.

The BBC also struggles with 'Holywood', 'Ahogill', 'Portglenone', 'Ballynafeigh', 'Augher', and 'Coagh'. The list is endless.

One has to ask: do they have the same problem with Mainwaring?

PETER HUGHES

Burnham, Bucks

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