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Jonathan Ross Must Go But Interview a Success for DC 26 June 2006

Posted by David in Conservatives.
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I didn’t Rosslike to say – as I thought I was just being too conservative – but now I know I am not alone in thinking Jonathan Ross was totally crude in his interview with David Cameron and went too far. The Mail is calling for him to go, and rightfully so. Cameron was brave going on the programme, knowing that Ross is rather crass in his humour and unlikely to be sympathetic to conservatism of any strand, but Ross was still beyond what could be tolerated. His questioning on Margaret Thatcher was uncalled for and neither intelligent or funny. It was insulting and immature. Cameron however came across fairly well, and has been warmly welcomed by the public, so in that way the venture was a success.

Ross further crossed the line however by calling for drugs to be legalised. License fee payers do not pay BBC presenters to express opinion on policy, and certainly not condone drugs use as calls for legalisation clearly do – unwittingly or not. I understand that Ross is a patron of a pro-legalisation organisation. This is thus both a case of extreme bad taste and BBC bias.

The interview lead to stories and misquotes in several newspapers, such as the Mirror claiming Cameron supported the economic destruction of the North, Scotland and Wales. It is however the style and bias of Ross which causes the real grievance. He was recently given a £6m per year contract – which he flaunted on the programme – which in itself is ludicrous. The BBC is a public service broadcaster and I fail to see what public service Mr Ross provides. The sum was only so high as there was a bidding war between the Beeb and ITV. The BBC should not enter bidding wars with other UK broadcasters, as it serves no benefit to viewers – the presenter/programme would be broadcast anyway, but freely on a commercial channel. BBC funds should then be used on programming not offered elsewhere, such as uneconomical or financially risky drama, non-personality comedy, children’s programmes etc.

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