Guest blog by Plaid Hightown.
Since 2005 the More 4 TV Channel has been showing Jon Stewart's Daily Show allowing the British public the opportunity to watch one of the best satires in the history of comedy and given a genuinely original insight into American politics. This is how the Daily Show website describes the programme:
Tired of having your news spoon fed to you by big network suits and the smaller, chattier suits on cable news? Join Jon Stewart and the Best F#@king News Team Ever as they bring you the news like you've never seen it before -- unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity or even accuracy.
The Daily Show is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program that takes a reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports and entertainment with an alternative point of view. In each show, anchorman Jon Stewart and a team of correspondents, including Aasif Mandvi, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, comment on the day's stories, employing actual news footage, taped field pieces, in-studio guests and on-the-spot coverage of important news events.
However since the new year, More 4 will go from showing four new episodes each week of the Daily Show, to a once a week highlights package. More 4 have said that the reason for this is that it wants to concentrate on ‘high end’ American programming.To this end they have purchased and intend to show the US version of Shameless!
What sort of person believes that replacing what is one of the greatest popular dispositions on American politics since the likes of Walter Kronkite and Edward R. Morrow graced the airways with a knock off of a Channel 4 programme to be a high end replacement? Now More 4 proposes to have an American version of one of their programmes to segway between hours of Grand Designs and hours of Come Dine With Me!
I know from the comments sections on this blog that we have readers of many varied political opinions however I hope that we can all agree that to be deprived of such great entertainment and discourse is a grave disappointment to those with an interest in not just current affairs but intelligent entertainment. We must also remember that the United States is still the most economically, culturally and militarily powerful countries in the world and it is absolutely necessary to have some intelligent understanding of American popular and political culture.
If you agree with me that by cancelling The Daily Show; Channel 4 is failing in its public duty then please make a complaint here.