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BBC bias: Comedy shows poke fun at Tories, Brexit and Trump more than Left

BBC bias: Comedy shows poke fun at Tories, Brexit and Trump more than Left

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Research analysing the Beeb’s popular comedy programmes the BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Mash Report on BBC2 uncovered the apparent bias. The shows featured 13 times as many jokes poking fun at right-wing political figures and issues as opposed to those on the Left.

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was a common theme for hosts and guests to have a laugh about.

Brexit and US President Donald Trump also appeared high up on the scale of jokes, much more so than Labour, its leader Sir Keir Starmer, and Mr Trump’s rival Joe Biden, analysis by the Sunday Telegraph showed.

There were just 10 jokes across six episodes criticising Left-wing figures.

The research focused on the two most recent episodes of Have I Got News For You, The Mash Report and News Quiz.

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BBC bias: Protesters call for the privatisation of the Beeb over claims of bias (Image: GETTY)


BBC comedy shows poked fun at Boris and Brexit more than Left-wing issues (Image: GETTY)

These were aired between April and June, while the UK was under strict lockdown measures.

The Prime Minister’s family was the focus of an episode of Have I Got News For You which aired on May 22.

Commentators made five comments about Mr Johnson’s perceived incompetence as a leader while also raising questions relating to his family.

Home Secretary Priti Patel was also put in the spotlight during the same episode.

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The corporation has faced many accusations of bias over the past few years (Image: GETTY)

There were digs at her performance in interviews with the press as well as jokes about the Government’s “confused message” on how the nationwide lockdown would be rolled back.

On the May 29 episode Mr Johnson and his party were mentioned 15 times on the comedy show while the conversation never turned to Opposition leader Sir Keir.

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BBC comedy shows mocked Trump more than Biden (Image: GETTY)

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Analysis of BBC comedy shows revealed widespread bias (Image: GETTY)

The Beeb has in the past defended itself against claims of bias.

It said that “the BBC is an independent, universal broadcaster, committed to serving everyone”.

The corporation said it had a long-standing “tradition of satire and it isn’t unusual for public figures to have their actions scrutinised.”

It added: “No-one in the public eye is exempt.”

In 2014 hundreds of protesters gathered outside BBC offices in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool to call out the Beeb’s “pro-Israel bias” in its coverage of the war in Gaza.

Demonstrators said the broadcaster’s coverage of the violence was “devoid of context or background” about the previous Israeli occupation of Gaza.

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The Beeb has defended itself against claims of bias (Image: GETTY)

The BBC said it was “committed to continuing to report and analyse sometimes fast-moving events in an accurate, fair and balanced way”.

The BBC is set to undergo a massive shake-up over the coming months, with new boss Tim Davie vowing to stamp out any political bias within the organisation.

Since last year the corporation has come under fire for its decision to scrap free TV licences for over-75s. has contacted the BBC for comment on the analysis of its comedy shows. 

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