Bringing Journalism Back or a Hint of Dictatorship? BBC's New Boss Criticizes Comedy Shows That Mock Brexit, the Tories, and Trump

Published September 3rd, 2020 - 05:58 GMT
Bringing Journalism Back or a Hint of Dictatorship? BBC's New Boss Criticizes Comedy Shows That Mock Brexit, the Tories, and Trump
Tim Davie seemed to outline his policies leading the British public broadcasting corporation as he takes office on the 1st of September. (Shutterstock: Willy Barton)

In a short note to his staff members, the incoming director of the BBC has expressed his dissatisfaction with the content provided by the platform, especially comedy shows that he said tend to serve only one side of the political spectrum.

In his statement, Tim Davie, seemed to outline his policies leading the British public broadcasting corporation as he took office on the 1st of September, which require the organization to "represent every part of the country."

According to the Telegraph, Davie's comments on the need for an overhaul addressed shows that are leaning towards the left-wing, especially comedy ones that are routinely biased against"Brexit, the Tories, and the US President Donald Trump."

This comes on the same day the Guardian published an article on conservative comedians not being afforded a platform on BBC, which goes against the organization's efforts to appeal to a broader audience.

However, social media users widely shared the news of Davie's efforts to seemingly redirect the BBC into a different approach covering local and global events, with some praising it as "a long-overdue and much-needed step" to balance views presented by the public media organization, while others deemed it as "an attempt to impose political agendas on journalists."

Some commentators associated the new BBC direction with the conservative government's need to "take over" the media so they promote their own policies, calling it a "fascist" tactic and pledging to stop watching BBC and turn into online news outlets instead.

Some also argued that comedy shows often target those in power because that is the only way to keep governments from committing mistakes, which, according to them, is why BBC comedians seem to target the conservatives and right-wing politicians more than the ones on the other side of the aisle.


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