Top Gear's oaf audience watches 6 years of cheese and cheese
[image] High Court drives hard bargain in Tesla case against Top Gear
By Katy Dowell 14 Nov 2011
The High Court has ordered a US car manufacturer to amend its case
against the BBC in a dispute involving Top Gear or have the claim
[image Jeremy Clarkson]
Carter Ruck instructed Ely Place silk William McCormick QC to pursue
the case for malicious falsehood against the BBC.
The broadcaster directly instructed One Brick Courtâs Andrew
Caldecott QC to lead Catrin Evans of the same set in their argument
that the claim should be struck out.
At the heart of the dispute was a Top Gear programme first broadcast
in December 2008 that featured presenter Jeremy Clarkson reviewing
the Tesla Roadster.
Although the limitation period for malicious falsehood is just a year,
the claim was not launched until March 2011, meaning that the claimant
pursue the broadcaster for airings falling within the
Initially Clarkson was complimentary about the electric Roadster but
battery power and the brake malfunctioning were wrong.
Tesla claimed that these criticisms published by the BBC were false
However, the court highlighted that for malicious falsehood to apply,
the claimants must show that a special damage had followed as a
direct result of the publication. In this case, the claimant made no
submissions on actual
Caldecott argued for the BBC that for the claim to proceed a plea of
damage was necessary. This would enable the judge to determine the
prospect of the
success of the case and the defendants to assess
Ruling, Mr Justice Tugendhat refused to strike out the claim
immediately, but told the claimants that he would unless the plea of
damage is amended by agreement between the
parties, or with the
permission of the court.
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[videos] Top Gear wrecked UK Tesla Roadster sales, says Elon Musk
By CarsUK Nov 15 2011
[image Elon Musk says Top Gear responsible for poor Tesla Roadster
sales in UK]
In another moan about the Top Gear Episode featuring the Tesla
Roadster, Elon Musk says the publicity wrecked UK Tesla sales.
The moans by Tesla about the Top Gear episode where Jeremy Clarkson
tested Teslaâs electric Lotus have rumbled on all year.
First we had Tesla suing Top Gear in the British Courts, then Top
Gear producer Andy Wilman had his say on the issue followed by Elon
Musk saying that Top Gear had all the credibility of a Milli Vanilli
We did think it had all been put to bed after the High Court decided
that Top Gear did not libel Tesla in the episode featuring the Tesla
Roadster running out of juice. But it seems not.
When Tesla revealed its latest quarterly figures earlier this month
(total revenue grew 85 percent to $58 million but total losses were
greater than revenue at $65 million), Elon Musk continued the
complaint about Top Gear by saying that as a result of the episode
Tesla has significant unsold stock of RHD Tesla Roadsters.
Weâve also found the video below â which was recorded before the High
Court ruled no libel in October â when Musk continues his complaints
about Top Gear, saying that every European investor they have spoken
to since the Top Gear story has asked why the Tesla Roadster broke
So itâs clear that Elon Musk thinks TG is single handedly responsible
for the antipathy towards his electric Lotus for three times the
price of an actual Lotus. But the truth is quite different.
The truth is that British car buyers just havenât bought in to
electric cars. They see the technology is at best limited, and the
cost of electric cars is a huge barrier to sales.
We ran a story recently where a major poll showed there were no UK
car buyers contemplating an EV purchase and, despite a taxpayer bribe
£5k, only about 200 electric cars have been sold in the UK in 2011
to private buyers. We donât know how many Tesla has sold (we asked
but they wonât tell us) but weâd be surprised if youâd need more
than one hand to count them. Or even one finger.
Which would all tend to indicate that Top Gear hasnât wrecked Tesla
sales â and EV sales in the UK in general â itâs just that UK car
buyers havenât bought in to the EV nonsense.
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Jeremy Clarkson: big mouth strikes again
Top Gear's presenter is no stranger to controversy and we pick 10
examples of his unerring ability to get up people's noses
by Jason Deans 1 Dec 2011
So, you invite David Cameron's mucker Jeremy Clarkson to plug his
latest DVD and the Top Gear Christmas special on The One Show on the
day of the biggest public sector strike for many a long year. He's
appearing live on BBC1 just after 7pm â primetime viewing for
families with kids. An audience of 4.8 million. What could possibly
go wrong? After all, it's not as if he's got previous ...
Top Gear sorry for disabled parking row
Clarkson and Top Gear sidekick James May park their electric cars in
a disabled parking bay.
BBC says sorry to Mexico for Top Gear insults
The BBC apologised to the Mexican ambassador over remarks by Hammond,
May and Clarkson on Top Gear but also defended the show's presenters,
saying national stereotyping was part of British humour.
In the episode, broadcast on 30 January 2011, Hammond joked that
Mexican cars reflected national characteristics, saying they were
"just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning
against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole
in the middle on as a coat".
May described Mexican food as "like sick with cheese on it" and
Clarkson predicted they would not get any complaints about the show
because "at the Mexican embassy, the ambassador is going to be
sitting there with a remote control like this (snores). They won't
complain, it's fine".
Top Gear on the offensive again â now it's Albania's turn
"Apparently, what happens is Albanians go to England, get a job, buy
of Top Gear in which he and co-presenters May and Richard Hammond had
gone to the east European country ostensibly to road-test cars for a
Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson rapped over "special needs" joke
This time it's media regulator Ofcom tut-tutting after Clarkson
describes the Ferrari F430 Speciale as "a bit wrong ... that smiling
front end ... it looked like a simpleton ... (it) should have been
called the 430 Speciale Needs".
Jeremy Clarkson: TV obsessed with hiring "black Muslim lesbians"
Clarkson tells Top Gear magazine that TV bosses are obsessed with
having "black Muslim lesbians" on shows to balance out the numbers of
white heterosexual men. "The problem is that television executives
have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a
blond-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a black
Muslim lesbian. Chalk and cheese, they reckon, works. But here we
have Top Gear setting new records after six years using cheese and
cheese. It confuses them."
Top Gear's studio audience consists of "oafs", says Clarkson
To the Edinburgh TV festival, where Clarkson tells an audience of
media types that women were often pushed to the front of the Top Gear
studio audience so they were seen behind the presenters.
"We get 500 people coming to the show each week and most of them are
the show. "I think a girl would be a disaster, seeing the chemistry
piss out of her, that would look like bullying.
"I remember when we were doing the original screen tests (for other
presenters) and BBC people were insisting we had to hire a girl after
we had selected (Richard) Hammond, so we just got James May."
Clarkson crashes into trouble with C-word attack on PM
Clarkson uses a very, very rude word to describe then prime minister
Gordon Brown in not-for-broadcast comments to the Top Gear studio
Jeremy Clarkson apologises for calling Gordon Brown "a one-eyed idiot'
A rare personal apology after Clarkson compared Brown to Australian
prime minister Kevin Rudd during a tour of the country.
"It's the first time I've ever seen a world leader (Rudd) admit we
really are in deep shit," Clarkson was reported as saying, of a
speech by the then Australian PM about the depth of global financial
crisis in 2009.
"He genuinely looked terrified. Poor man, he's actually seen the
books. We have this one-eyed Scottish idiot who keeps telling us
everything's fine and he's saved the world and we know he's lying,
but he's smooth at telling us."
No fine for Top Gear after Jeremy Clarkson's lorry driver joke
Ofcom clears Top Gear of breaching its broadcasting code after
matters to lorry drivers? Murdering prostitutes? Fuel economy?"
A few minutes later Clarkson added: "This is a hard job [driving a
lorry] and I'm not just saying this to win favour with lorry drivers:
change gear; change gear; change gear; check your mirrors; murder a
prostitute â¦ "
which they were made and did not breach its programming code.
Top Gear criticised for showing Clarkson drinking G&T at the wheel
BBC2 show told off by the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee
for showing Clarkson and May drinking while driving during a Polar
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