THe BBC has today rejected an appeal by Opus Dei. The organisation complained that recent BBC broadcasts had portrayed the organisation in a negative light, and gave a false view of the organisation.
It is believed the complaint relates to the popular BBC channels, BBC News 24 and BBC Parliament where Cabinet minister Ruth Kelly has been identified as a member of the organisation.
A spokesman for Opus Dei said, “The attribution of membership of our organisation to Ms Kelly on various BBC news programmes has had a negative impact on our public image as a charitable organisation populated by albino monks as portrayed in the popular fly on the wall docu-novel, The da Vinci Code. Having spent much time improving our public profile through Mr Brown’s novel, the images of Ruth Kelly on News 24 have detracted from an honest portrayal of a life of self-flagellation and torment using barbed wire garters.”
Ruth Kelly is played by Alastair Sim, who also plays Kelly’s brother.