Button it, Jonny! Viewers beg BBC royal editor Dymond to do up his shirt as journalist sports a very relaxed dress sense on Prince William and Harry documentary
The Corporation’s royal correspondent appeared on the documentary with the top two buttons of his shirt open, prompting critical comments from viewers distracted by his dressed-down look.
Writing on social media, one viewer asked of the 51-year-old: ‘Why would you go on the television dressed like that? You wouldn’t see his predecessor Nicholas Witchell with his buttons undone.’
Another viewer told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Simon Cowell can get away with having his buttons undone, but I’m not sure Jonny Dymond can.’
It is not the first time Mr Dymond has opted for a more casual look in front of the cameras.
In January last year he made three TV appearances – on the Victoria Derbyshire show, The One Show and BBC News – without a tie and with several of his shirt buttons undone. Months earlier, he delivered a royal report on BBC News in a similar state.
The on-air appearance of BBC journalists has long been the source of debate. Newsreader Peter Sissons was famously criticised for failing to wear a black tie when the Queen Mother died in 2002.
And in a leaked 2017 email, one BBC boss said journalists should remove ties only if they are reporting on the weather being over 90F (32C).
Off-screen, the Corporation’s director-general Tim Davie faced criticism earlier this year for wearing jeans and trainers to public events.