Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Saying sorry

Channel 4 is unsurprisingly not going to axe 'Big Brother'. It isn't even saying sorry.

In a statement issued last night, Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson launched a review of the show, which might involve some slapped wrists, but it seems that the broadcaster has become too attached to the piles of cash that the original reality show makes it.

This despite the complaints total about the racism row between former 'Big Brother' contestant Jade Goody and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty now standing at 40,000

Johnson said: "The Channel 4 board recognises that the events of the last week on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ have provoked an unprecedented level of public complaint. We believe this has triggered an important debate

"Clearly many people were worried and offended by what they saw. I want to reassure them that we take the views of our audience very seriously and profoundly regret any offence that may have been caused.

"On behalf of the board the chief executive and I have commissioned a review of the editorial and compliance processes that support Big Brother. The board will receive a full report and seek to identify any lessons that can be learned for the future. The programme remains on air for a further week and the channel is focused on its completion.”

Oh hang on a second, does that last bit sound like it has some bite in it? The "channel is focused on its completion", sounds like almost a veiled threat that the show, which has one week to go before the summer orgy for real gets going, could still be in trouble.

Clearly, nothing is going to happen now, viewing figures, which hit almost 9m for Goody's eviction, will slope off and Shilpa, who is odds on favourite to win the show, will be crowned 'Celebrity Big Brother' queen and all will be happy.

Personally, I'd like to see it go. I'd like to see a lot of them go. Where do they get these people from. If it's dimwits like Jade, it's post Lucy's like the one on 'Shipwrecked' who supports slavery!?

Channel 4 could then free up its schedules for some half decent programming and spare us from the vile mutterings of talentless media wannabes.

It should buy some programmes, did I mention that that the revamped 'Battlestar Galactica' is the best show on TV?

But don't take my word for it, The Guardian among others raves about it and said the other week that it was the only "award-winning drama that dares tackle the war on terror".

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2 Comments:

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous the almost relaunched pixie said...

I personally think there should be an apology. But then I also think there should be an apology from the editor and the publisher of BR for not relaunching the site on time...(ho ho)

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous sorry seems to be the hardest word said...

i think its good that idiots get to show themselves for the fools that they are.

all the talk around media involves user generated content, what kind of pitfalls are media owners letting themselves in for with that?!?!

there's nothing wrong with seeing distasteful/moronic comments on tv, its up to us to form opinions that the views are wrong.

we're free thinking people, we can make our own minds up!

 

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