The BBC has cancelled The Mash Report, the satirical show that became the focus of criticism over perceived left-wing bias [J4MB – “perceived”?!!!] in the corporation’s comedy output.
The programme, hosted by Nish Kumar and featuring Rachel Parris, regularly targeted the Government and Brexit.
Tim Davie, the director-general, has made impartiality one of his biggest priorities and signalled on his arrival last year that the drive would extend beyond news to comedy shows.
He has vowed to restore trust in the BBC by better reflecting all sides of the political divide.
Critics of The Mash Report included Andrew Neil (above), who described it as “self-satisfied, self-adulatory, unchallenged Left-wing propaganda”.
Neil said the programme was a political show by another name, adding: “When it comes to so-called comedy the BBC has long given up on balance, on radio and TV. Nobody seems to care. And I don’t want right-wing comedy, whatever that is. I’d just like comedy.”
Mr Kumar makes no secret of his political leanings, telling a Guardian interviewer: “I am absolutely guilty of the accusation levelled at me by furious people on the internet in that I have not got over Brexit.”
The decision to axe the show after four series was first reported by The Sun. A BBC spokesperson said: “We are very proud of The Mash Report but in order to make room for new comedy shows we sometimes have to make difficult decisions, and it won’t be returning.
“We would like to thank all those involved in four brilliant series and hope to work with Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris and the team in the future.”
He was pelted with a bread roll, prompting the event host and Taverners’ ambassador, Greg James, to say the behaviour of some of the crowd was “appalling”.
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