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PremierLeague-News.Com - Points West whistleblower voices concerns over experienced BBC journalist Jemma Cooper

Bristol news BBC presenter appears to have marched against Covid lockdown PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Points West whistleblower voices concerns over experienced BBC journalist Jemma Cooper

Bristol news BBC presenter appears to have marched against Covid lockdown PremierLeague-News.Com
01 December 2020 - 05:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A BBC Points West presenter who last week appeared to be messaging in an Covid-denier social media group has now emerged in images of lockdown protests. Bristol Live has seen footage which appears to show Jemma Cooper marched with coronavirus conspiracy theorists in Birmingham in August and Cardiff in October. We previously reported the veteran news and weather journalist appeared to write in a Covid-denial WhatsApp group that the BBC is “the devil”. A Points West whistleblower has claimed Ms Cooper contributed to the regional TV programme's news output until November, despite the public service broadcaster's commitment to impartiality. A BBC spokeswoman said: “Impartiality is the cornerstone of the BBC so we have strict guidelines all staff are expected to follow. Any breach is dealt with swiftly and seriously.” Ms Cooper remains an employee of the broadcaster. Normally a weather presenter, she has not been on air for three months, but reportedly continued to help with news stories until November 5. Youtube footage appears to show her nodding as Covid-denier Piers Corbyn delivered a speech branding vaccines “evil” at Cardiff Bay on October 11 – amid a ban on non-essential travel to Cardiff and large gatherings. Get the biggest stories from across Bristol straight to your inbox. Videos also appear to show Ms Cooper marching against lockdown and masks in Birmingham city centre on August 15. The whistleblower claims the presenter returned to the Points West newsroom on Whiteladies Road, Clifton, two days after the Birmingham demonstration. “Jemma had arguments with colleagues who felt she was putting people in danger by going out to these events,” said the whistleblower. “She said she was adamant Covid is not a real thing. One employee was left in tears by the conversation. “It has become a thing in the newsroom which we call ‘Where’s Wally’. People find Twitter videos of lockdown protests and look for Jemma.” Jemma Cooper appears to be second from left in this screengrab of Youtube footage from the Birmingham protest The BBC says there has been no coronavirus transmission from employee to employee at the Bristol newsroom and there are strict protocols in place. “Jemma should not have been attending protests then coming into the workplace,” the whistleblower said. “We are frustrated with her. “The staff were aware Jemma had been going on the marches. It was flying round the newsroom like wildfire. “When the Bristol Live article about the WhatsApp messages came out, it was a good thing, because this needed to stop. “We have rules in place where we’re being told we shouldn’t even be taking part in Black Lives Matter protests as BBC journalists – to go on a march against lockdown, what was Jemma thinking?” Ms Cooper has reportedly worked for Points West “on and off” over recent months.

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. Read More Related Articles Bristol tattoo shop raided again as Aron Walton confronts officers over Magna Carta Read More Related Articles Army to take over Ashton Gate for Bristol's mass coronavirus vaccination programme They added: “It’s probably not right that she was contributing to the news segment after being on lockdown protests. “There was a safety net in that everything was written by the producer and checked over, but it’s probably not right. “This is the BBC. It’s the craziest thing – you can’t turn a blind eye to it.” Bristol Live has seen an email sent to Points West staff on November 5. It reads: “Dear all, I want to let you know that Jemma Cooper has had to be called away from the office unexpectedly until further notice.” Ms Cooper has reportedly not been in the newsroom since. Jemma Cooper appears to be in the central foreground in footage from Cardiff protest   Bristol Live has asked the BBC if it was aware of the journalist’s alleged involvement in the protests when she reportedly continued to contribute to news output. Following Bristol Live’s coverage earlier this week, an account appearing to be Ms Cooper’s left the Stand Up Bristol WhatsApp group. Last month, a Stand Up Bristol member sent a message addressing the account: “Are you the weather girl Jemma?” The account replied: “Yes alas I work for the devil at the moment. I joined the corporation in 1999 when I was 28 and fully asleep. Comatose." Another message from the account reads: “We should all start swapping home addresses. “If smart tech is taken down it'd be good to know where we all live here in the west. You can't beat an old-fashioned address book. “Got a good network of people building in North Somerset at the moment. Especially Portishead and Nailsea. We are growing!” Raised in Portishead, Ms Cooper joined the BBC in the North in 1999, before moving to BBC Bristol the following year, according to her profile on the BBC website. She worked in live TV news for Points West, before becoming a weather presenter for the programme. In her BBC profile, she says: "Journalism is in my blood and I am confident about telling the weather story every day but weather is a science and I have put a lot of effort in to learn as much as I can about it.” Ms Cooper, who attended Gordano School, has organised Portishead Carnival in previous years. The presenter has been approached for comment but the BBC said she would not be able to provide one as she is a current employee of the broadcaster.

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