Television: Undressing for Dinner

"We are moving with the times," declared the sedate British Broadcasting Corp. as last week it relaxed the rule that TV announcers must dress in dinner jackets on nighttime shows. The new, unstuffed-shirt policy brought cries of alarm from John Taylor, editor of Tailor and Cutter, bible of the British needle trades. A BBC man in a business suit is a desecration, complained Taylor. "The BBC should continue to set an example by doing the right thing visually." But Announcer Michael Aspel put the matter in a different light. "There used to be a communal dinner jacket which we just passed...