Airtours’ fearsome communications director Anita McErlean is
looking forward to her next face-to-face with the BBC.
As one of the companies which is tackling the corporation over consumer
affairs programme Watchdog, Airtours will attend a meeting arranged
between the companies and BBC chairman Sir Christopher Bland to discuss
Bland wrote to the several complainants, who include Ford and Dixons,
last week saying he was happy to meet, and a date is being
In April last year, when McErlean appeared on Watchdog to defend her
company, she impressed the programme makers. The producer told her to
get a job on television, and presenter Anne Robinson shook her hand and
congratulated her on her performance. Indeed McErlean tells me that
she’s often compared to the fiery Watchdog presenter, a comparison she’s
not that fond of. ’People say she’s got the same colour hair and the
same hairstyle as me,’ she laments.
And it seems that Robinson was lucky to get away with a handshake after
the show. ’It was not a brilliant performance, I just managed to keep my
cool and not thump anyone,’ says McErlean.
Lets hope she keeps her temper during the meeting with Bland.