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Jennifer Saunders accuses BBC of dumbing down comedy

Posted by smeddum on November 11, 2008

Jennifer Saunders accuses BBC of dumbing down comedy
Jennifer Saunders has blamed dumbing down at the BBC for prompting her to quit the Corporation together with comedy partner Dawn French.

By Charlotte Bailey
Telegraph 20 Oct 2008

Saunders, 50, said that financial restraints and competition from digital channels has meant that the BBC has been less willing to take on ambitious work, instead focusing on ‘populist’ comedy.
The mother of three, who is married to fellow comic Adrian Edmondson, told a newspaper columnist at The Daily Mail that the Corporation’s attitude to comedy has changed.
She said: “They are not making the kind of comedy we used to do – what they want now is populist programmes because there isn’t the budget to try the more ambitious things we were doing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zimbabwe political analysts should join ‘Pop Idol’

Posted by smeddum on July 3, 2008
Zimbabwe political analysts should join ‘Pop Idol’

Philip Murombedzi

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 03:20:00 +0000

DO you not cringe when you see Zimbabwean so-called political analysts and lawyers on the BBC or some other international media trying to look philosophical and intellectual talking ‘dirty’ about their own country and its leadership, but failing to condemn the sanctions regime that has crippled the country’s economy, or put Zimbabwe in its right political context?

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