Poll shows ; 83% of TV people back BLM and only 19% thought political correctness had gone too far. No wonder C4 is going bust
If brains were air miles I have my doubts that Louisa Compton, head of news and sport at Channel 4, would reach the end of the runway.
Ms Compton, whose previous job was to run the Victoria Derbyshire show which was so poor that even the BBC2 canned it, spent yesterday sitting on a panel discussing if TV was too woke at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
Anybody who has had the misfortune of watching C4 will already know the answer. You can’t appear on it’s network unless you are beyond politically correct. It is the reason the audience has collapsed over the past decade. They have a former deputy editor of The Guardian as its Programme Director for God’s sake.
To prove how out of touch these TV herberts are Ipso Mori conducted a poll. It showed that only 19% of people in the television industry thought political correctness had gone too far while 62% of viewers (and they pay their wages) held that view.
And 83% of TV supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
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But it was the quote from Louisa Compton which got me reaching for my blood pressure tablets.
She said; “I don’t think anyone in TV would be surprised to hear that a lot of people who work (in the industry) think differently to the audience we're making progress for.”
Let’s look at her last four words. We're making progress for. What on earth does she mean? I suspect she thinks that she and her overpaid crew at C4 are “educating” the viewers with the correct view of life.
I wonder if I might explain to Ms Compton that her job is simply to entertain. If she wants to educate can I suggest she goes into teaching.
The government has correctly decided to sell C4 while it still has a value. When the buyers come along they will be looking at their management to see how they can improve it.
In my view their first action would be to give Ms Compton the boot and replace her with somebody who has the audience views at heart and not their own.
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