New BBC boss may axe comedy shows perceived as 'too left-wing'

New BBC boss Tim Davie set to cancel 'left-wing' comedy shows.
Many iconic comedy shows have been broadcast by the BBC, including The Young Ones. Photo credit: BBC

The new director-general of the BBC is reportedly looking to cancel comedy shows deemed "unfairly biased against the Tories, Donald Trump and Brexit".

Tim Davie is said to be planning a "radical overhaul" to deal with a perceived left-wing bias in the public service broadcaster, with the aim of restoring "trust and confidence".

The report originated as an exclusive for The Telegraph, which ran it along with an editorial headlined 'BBC comedy's propaganda masquerading as satire stopped being funny a long time ago'.

"As well as cancelling shows altogether, BBC programme-makers will be expected to find a better balance of satirical targets rather than constantly aiming jokes at the Tories," reports The Telegraph.

However, right-wing comedians are simply "not funny enough", according to a BBC insider that spoke to The Guardian.

"We are constantly on the lookout, but there aren't many people who have those viewpoints on the comedy circuit," they said.

"Some people aren't very good. The issue is a shortage of rightwing comics... if they're funny we'll book them."

Davie is replacing Tony Hall as BBC boss as the company faces scrutiny over equal pay and diversity, increasing competition from streaming services and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He is set to make his first announcements to staff as director-general on Thursday (local time).