Radio 1's McKenzie denies bullying claims
Posted by
Radio 1’s McKenzie denies bullying claims

BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat Editor Rod McKenzie has denied any wrongdoing after complaints lead to his removal from the network.

McKenzie is now on one months leave after complaints about an alleged bullying management style and a BBC disciplinary process that has lasted for almost a year.

The Independent claims over 30 staff have complained about Mr McKenzie and he will now be moved to another department. The BBC’s Head of Programmes Ceri Thomas has briefed Newsbeat’s staff about the changes.

The newspaper report says The allegations of bullying against Mr McKenzie were spread over two decades. He was alleged to have had his favourites within the Newsbeat team and to have “frozen out” those whom he did not like, shouting at individuals in front of other staff. Mr McKenzie continues to protest his innocence, believing he has been the victim of a social media campaign.

A source close to him said: “He strongly rejects these claims and maintains that his behaviour is entirely in keeping with a pressurised news environment.” Mr McKenzie was said to be pleased that some of the “most lurid” claims about him were not upheld.

He is said to have disputed that he had favourites, arguing that “a favourite is a high achiever by another name”.

The BBC said: “We do not discuss internal staff or disciplinary issues.”

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 774 23 January, 2014 Industry News 7:53 am 20141 Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

Closing Date: Audio Production Awards - September 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm (Online)
The Imaging Days - October 3, 2016 at 8:00 am (Holland)
The Imaging Days - October 4, 2016 at 8:00 am (Holland)
Radiodays Ireland - October 17, 2016 at 10:00 am (Dublin)
Radiodays Ireland - October 18, 2016 at 10:00 am (Dublin)
ARIAS - Audio and Radio Industry Awards - October 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm (First Direct Arena, Leeds)
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Audio Production Awards - November 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
More events