JOHN CLEESE has hit out at the state of BBC’s TV programming as well as Richard Sharp, it’s new chairman.
The Monty Python and Fawlty Towers legend, made his frustrations clear in a tweet posted on Sunday night. It comes as Mr Richard Sharp, previously a banker for financial giants Goldman Sachs, donated around £400,000 to the Conservatives.
Mr Cleese stated, “I can remember when we had the best TV in the world. Now we have dancing and baking.”
He went on to further attack the BBC’s current head, saying, “A very rich banker, who studied economics at Oxford, and who is a big contributor to the Tory party, is obviously the ideal person to help the BBC start making some good quality programmes again.”
Head of the BBC, Mr Sharp, is due to lead on negotiations between themselves and the Government, relating to the future of the broadcaster’s licence fee.
The ex-banker was formerly a director of the Centre for Policy Studies, which has knowingly called for the abolishment of BBC license fees, as stated in the Byline Times.
Mr Sharp joins up with new Director-General, Tim Davie at the BBC, as the broadcaster’s new senior appointee.
Mr Davie himself has also had close ties with the Conservative party, having served as the deputy chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Conservatives during the 1990s.
Both appointments were made during what some have termed as a “culture war” facing the BBC, as big concerns continue to surface over the future of its existing fund model.
The Telegraph claimed that Mr Davie, is looking to restore “trust and confidence” in the broadcast company, by reflecting a broader political spectrum in a much better way, including the booking of more right-wing comedians.
Last year reports had emerged that Mr Davie planned to tackle a perceived ‘left-wing bias’ in the BBC’s programming.
The Telegraph claimed Mr Davie is set to restore “trust and confidence” in the broadcaster by better reflecting a broader political spectrum, including booking more right-wing comedians.
Ben Bradley (Conservative MP for Mansfield), quoted “In recent years lots of BBC comedy shows are just constant left-wing rants about the Tories and Brexnottit.”
“If the BBC is to truly represent all licence fee payers, that needs to change.”
Other political figures have also called into question the Broadcaster’s current operating model as uncertainty continues to blossom.
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