BBC bias in question (which way do they lean?)

Miles Jupp?
Which interchangeable, white,middle class,university edcucated ,unfunny,left wing 'comedian' is he/she/undecided?
There is a long line of them. Remind me, what was the name of the right-on, socialist, Remainer so-called comedian who passed away recently, who I’d never heard of before the BBC went into full on tribute mode over?
 
Thanks, but the point I was trying to make is they are all interchangeable, predictable and hardly original.
The tendency today is to slag off the old school comedians of yore and to say they are not funny (a fair assessment in some cases), but in my humble opinion, there are not many genuinely funny modern comedians either.
 
Thanks, but the point I was trying to make is they are all interchangeable, predictable and hardly original.
The tendency today is to slag off the old school comedians of yore and to say they are not funny (a fair assessment in some cases), but in my humble opinion, there are not many genuinely funny modern comedians either.
You've just slagged off 3/4 of Channel 4's comedy output in your first sentence I agree 100%.
 

Sadurian

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A slight tangent but I mentioned to Sadurina the other day that Dave's new comedy shows were becoming increasingly incestuous in nature. The same faces were either appearing as hosts or guests.

I recall hearing a theory that this is down to a reduction in variety shows and televised stand-up. Comedians wanting television exposure now have to use the panel show route. Some shows are very good, but most are highly forgettable dross where the guests perform pre-written acts and try to squeeze in the topic being discussed on the show as an afterthought. When you watch a given comedian use the same material on two or more shows it makes the whole experience rather toxic for me.

Of course, the endless repeated shows don't help either, but Dave has always been pretty open about its remit on that one.
 
Sad to hear that one of the shows which makes the license fee bearable, Andrew Neill's "This Week", is being axed. The political review programme has a reputation for not taking itself at all seriously whilst regularly providing the presenter and his panelists to skewer opinionated talking heads, brainless and soulless politicians, and the great and good in general. And who can forget the many, many beatings handed out by Neill to the fragrant Diane Abbot?

Not content with putting it on so late in the evening only night workers, insomniacs and somnambulists watch it regularly, now the Beeb has decided that with the departure of Neill, the programme will no longer be "viable". Not exactly surprising, it was so off message, it was only a matter of time. Sad though.

I will be raising a glass of Blue Nun to toast the farewell of this outstanding collection of passed over politicos, appalling in-jokes and the opportunities for Quentin Letts to wear a boater. Without Andrew Neill appearing regularly on the BBC, as far as I can see there will be no political journalist of real stature and grit left to challenge received wisdom.

Here's last night's introductory monologue to give us a taste of what we're going to be missing...
Andrew Neil Nails It On Churchill as BBC Announce End of This Week -

Some of the comments in the Express about this says it all ...
snip "alansexton05@gmail.comLeader
So Sorry to hear this, Andrew is the only broadcaster that gives a balanced argument on Brexit so that is the reason the B.B.C. want him to go they only want Remoners on it"

and another ..
YozzerLeader "It would be easy to reschedule a great show like this, the only program I stay up to watch. Its pretty obvious the BBC do not really value a frank open program on politics, possibly because someone/some people in the BBC may not like the frank opinions that are often given"
and another ..
Bream11 "Oh. No. The best programme on the BBC. Why don’t they film it in the daytime? Is it because he destroys the snowflakes like Owen Jones and that is against the political agenda of the BBC. Andrew Neil and Michael Portillo are both top notch and this is a poor decision."
In fact nearly all the comments from the Express and a few other papers have similar sentiments!
Once again the Brussels B**ls**t Corporation losing one of the few programmes I am prepared to watch, the sooner they lose the ability to screw the licence fee out of us the better!!
 

Sixty

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Some of the comments in the Express about this says it all ...
snip "alansexton05@gmail.comLeader
So Sorry to hear this, Andrew is the only broadcaster that gives a balanced argument on Brexit so that is the reason the B.B.C. want him to go they only want Remoners on it"

and another ..
YozzerLeader "It would be easy to reschedule a great show like this, the only program I stay up to watch. Its pretty obvious the BBC do not really value a frank open program on politics, possibly because someone/some people in the BBC may not like the frank opinions that are often given"
and another ..
Bream11 "Oh. No. The best programme on the BBC. Why don’t they film it in the daytime? Is it because he destroys the snowflakes like Owen Jones and that is against the political agenda of the BBC. Andrew Neil and Michael Portillo are both top notch and this is a poor decision."
In fact nearly all the comments from the Express and a few other papers have similar sentiments!
Once again the Brussels B**ls**t Corporation losing one of the few programmes I am prepared to watch, the sooner they lose the ability to screw the licence fee out of us the better!!
So basically 'bias is fine just as long as it's biased towards my opinion then'?
 
So basically 'bias is fine just as long as it's biased towards my opinion then'?
Not at all, as you should be able to work out.
 
Thanks, but the point I was trying to make is they are all interchangeable, predictable and hardly original.
The tendency today is to slag off the old school comedians of yore and to say they are not funny (a fair assessment in some cases), but in my humble opinion, there are not many genuinely funny modern comedians either.
A problem is that, for many of the comedians who frequent panel shows, 'Brexit' and 'Trump' are punchlines. They will get a laugh so there is no need to be inventive or funny.
I genuinely admire Mark Steel as a comedian. His R4 show where he visits towns throughout the UK is very good. Last week, he was in Kings Lynn. He mentioned Brexit at the start of the show and then said he'd drop the subject. 15 (funny) minutes later, he goes into a story about how Kings Lynn benefited by the Hanseatic League setting up a common market, and by immigrants building the town. It is gutting. A Brexit story slipped into the show, assuming that his audience would not recognise the comparison.
I would love to find a funny radio situation comedy that doesn't mention politics at all. It was not a feature in what we now regard as classic radio comedy of the 50s and 60s.
 
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ancienturion

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A problem is that, for many of the comedians who frequent panel shows, 'Brexit' and 'Trump' are punchlines. They will get a laugh so there is no need to be inventive or funny.
I genuinely admire Mark Steel as a comedian. His R4 show where he visits towns throughout the UK is very good. Last week, he was in Kings Lynn. He mentioned Brexit at the start of the show and then said he'd drop the subject. 15 (funny) minutes later, he goes into a story about how Kings Lynn benefited by the Hanseatic Leage setting up a common market, and by immigrants building the town. It is gutting. A Brexit story slipped into the show, assuming that his audience would not recognise the comparison.
I would love to find a funny radio situation comedy that doesn't mention politics at all. It was not a feature in what we now regard as classic radio comedy of the 50s and 60s.
I like BBC 4 Extra
 
So basically 'bias is fine just as long as it's biased towards my opinion then'?

Hmm.. note the extracts from those I posted … Andrew is the only broadcaster that gives a balanced argument
and the BBC do not really value a frank open program on politics

So hardly biased, just open to other opinions than those the beeb usually espouse!
 

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