IN A BIG MEDIA BLUNDER , THE FALSE FACTS BY SHARAN BURROW’S ITUC BROUGHT BBC TO SHAME . AS TOLD MANY TIMES BY US , ITUC IS EXPERT IN MAKING FALSE NEWS . BUT THE POOR RESEARCH TEAM AT BBC RADIO 4 DIDN’T KNEW WHAT WAS COMING THIS TIME. WORLD RENOWNED ARCHITECT DAME ZAHA HADID BECAME ANGRY ON FALSE NUMBER OF DEATHS , WHEN BBC MEDIA PERSON ASK HER THE QUESTION REGARDING THE STADIUM.
Zaha Hadid hung up on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme mid-interview after presenter Sarah Montague claimed 1,200 migrant workers had died building Hadid’s World Cup stadium .
The BBC later issued an apology, saying there is “no evidence of deaths” at the stadium site.
Hadid was invited on to the show to mark the announcement that she has become the first woman to win the prestigious Royal Gold Medal for architecture.
But the conversation soon soured
“Let’s stop this conversation right now. I don’t want to carry on,” she said, before ending the call.
The interview had begun with Montague asking Hadid about her “scary” reputation.
Seven hours after the interview aired, the BBC issued apology statement.
Sarah Montague: One of your buildings is the Qatar stadium where there have been considerable problems, not least the number of deaths
Zaha Hadid: There haven’t been any problems, actually, I have to put you right. There hasn’t been a single problem in our stadium in Qatar
Montague: More than 1200 migrant workers have died there…
Hadid: Absolutely not true. We sued somebody for writing that and it had to be withdrawn from the press, it is absolutely inaccurate
Montague: It is very widely reported there have been a huge number of…
Hadid: It’s absolutely untrue.
Montague: This was a report first published in 2013 by the International Trades Union Confederation
Hadid: I’m sorry to say it was removed, I sued someone in the press for it and they had to withdraw and apologise
Montague: So you can categorically state there have been no deaths in the building of your…
Hadid: Yes, absolutely not. You should check your facts… I can’t talk about the planet, I’m not talking about the entire world, I’m talking about my site – [and there has been] not one
Montague: Okay, well, that’s fascinating to clear that up…
Hadid: It’s not fascinating
[on the design for the Tokyo Olympic stadium, which has since been dropped by the Japanese government]
Hadid: This is a very serious story and it should be reported accurately, and somebody should be interested in it because it’s a scandal and it should be reported properly.
Montague: Okay, we are intersted, can you tell us why it’s a scandal – what happened?
Hadid: Well, it’s a scandal because we won this competition almost three years ago, it was an international competition entered by many Japanese architects and we won it… we were awarded this project, we worked on it, we are partners with a Japanese company…
Montague: Okay, and the Prime Minister – we will have to just speed up a little bit…
Hadid: Don’t ask me a question when you can’t let me finish it. Then I won’t say anything
Montague: We really welcome you to make the point. If I can just make it clear, the Japanese Prime Minister pulled the plug on it, as we understand it, because of soaring costs – it was a $2bn price. Are you saying that’s wrong?
Hadid: No, but listen to me – let’s stop this conversation right now. I don’t want to carry on, thank you very much [hangs up]