The BBC is planning to launch a digital voice assistant next year, the corporation has announced.
The device would be adjustable to enable the device to tilt towards the left or right after a test group complained that, despite the evidence of a spirit level, the device was heavily leaning towards one side; although no one could agree to which side it was leaning.
The BBC told us that other complaints they had from the test group were that it had a habit of repeating itself; that some thought it sounded like too much like Nigel Farage; that others thought it sounded too much like Jeremy Corbyn; and that it had a habit of repeating itself.
BBC staff across the UK are being invited to record their voices to help train the software to recognise regional accents.
The accent of BBC’s assistant’s voice is also adjustable. In the test group, Conservative voters showed a preference towards the device speaking in received pronunciation, Labour in a northern accent whilst Liberal Democrats liked the LBBCGT+ setting which randomly selects a voice from a variety of ethnic, gay and sexual origins.
There have been cries on Social Media that this innovation is yet another example of how the BBC are wasting licence payers’ money…
…from a group of people who prefer watching 405-line, monochrome televisions. (They also get offended and assume people are suggesting they’re a a bit slow when it’s suggested to them that they watch ‘catch-up’ TV ).
Boris Johnson has reignited the row over who should fund TV licences for the over-75s, urging the BBC to “cough up”.
However, as part of his forthcoming spending review, Sajid Javid is considering allocating some government funding to supply free editions of the Daily Mail for the under-75s.