Tuesday, 11 January 2011

More 4 and the Daily Show.

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.


Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Response from Ch4:
We are sorry to read that you are disappointed about More4?s decision to discontinue showing The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The Daily Show has been a fixture of weeknights on More4 for five years now and - just like with 'Friends' on E4' - the time eventually comes to say goodbye to programmes we've loved to make way for other programmes.

The Daily Show is an US acquisition and while we will continue to buy overseas programmes for More4, we have decided to spend more of the More4 budget on local commissions such as True Stories, which help support the UK independent production sector.

You will still be able to view The Daily Show Global edition every Monday on More4. We?ve also got our own home-grown satirical take on the week?s news coming up later this year on Channel 4 in the form of the 10 O?Clock Show, which we hope you will enjoy.

Nevertheless; please be assured your complaint has been logged and noted for the information of those responsible for our programming.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers; complimentary or otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Poor Judgemen More 4

The Daily Show is one of the most influential, and informative news shows the world has...to which you decide to replace with an adaptation of a crass show like Shameless US version...how is that more high end?

I pride More 4 with being high brow and going against the grain with most of its content.

this is a disappointing and sad move.

Kat said...

I hate more4.

Reruns of Friends isn't the same as the fresh and funny Daily Show.

Dafydd said...

Complaint sent:

I was saddened to recently discover that Channel 4/More 4 have decided to cut back on their coverage of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This was the only ongoing series on TV that my partner and I consistently watched.

While I appreciate that it was often US centric, It would be foolish to ignore the fact that US affairs have a huge impact on British and world affairs. I believe that it gave a unique (and often reassuring) viewpoint, and was hilarious to boot.

It is surely a travesty in this day and age, with the numerous channels and hundreds (thousands?) of hours of airtime to fill, that an award winning show of such high quality can no longer compete with reruns of Location, Location, Location for a spot on TV.

It has been suggested that the viewership was perhaps too low to sustain the show; I feel that Channel 4's public service remit, and the unique programming void that the show fills should count for something...

While I appreciate that some form of the show will remain on air in a weekly, Global Edition, I think that it fails to provide the same insight that the full show has provided for many years.

I would be interested to hear what shows (on any channel) you feel would provide the same level of intelligent discourse and great entertainment?

I am gravely dissapointed, and would appreciate an explanation for the station's decision to discontinue this show.


Dafydd Carmichael