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BBC criticised for allegedly filming Tony Blair obituary

The BBC has been criticised for allegedly filming an obituary for Tony Blair, despite the former prime minister being less than 60 years old. The BBC has refused to comment on he claims, but a Labour Party source has been quoted describing the obituary as ‘ghoulish’.

It’s standard practice for many media organisations to pre-prepare obituaries for well-known figures as they get older. Sometimes things go a little wrong, as was the case with the 2003 CNN premature obituaries incident. So it’s hard to see why some sections of the media have suddenly attacked the BBC over the Tony Blair story.

While Tony Blair remains (as far as we know) in good health, the BBC likely understands that it needs to be ready for any eventuality. Blair is unlikely to be the only relatively young political figure to have had at least an outline for an obituary prepared, nor is the BBC likely to be the only organisation that has started work on such a project.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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