Brexit supporters and others have criticised Have I Got News For You after the BBC programme posted a tweet about its future. Noting that today, September 28, is the thirtieth anniversary of the first show's airing, the HIGNFY account tweeted: "So that's 30 years then, but if Paul Dacre and Charles Moore take those jobs we're unlikely to see another five, and nor is the BBC."Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th September 2020
The BBC's satirical quiz show is turning 30. But in a world of instant online reactions, is it still relevant?Adam Sherwin, i Newspaper, 25th September 2020
BBC topical comedy shows appear to be overwhelmingly biased against figures and institutions on the political right, analysis by the Sunday Telegraph has found.
Episodes of the long-running Have I Got News For You on BBC1 and The News Quiz on Radio 4, together with the more recent Mash Report on BBC2, which were broadcast during lockdown, featured 13 times as many jokes aimed at Right-wing figures and issues as opposed to those on the Left.Dominic Penna & Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, 5th September 2020
From Punch in the 19th century to P. J. O'Rourke to Auberon Waugh to Craig Brown to Titania McGrath, if it's grown-up, nuanced political humour and satire you want, refer to books, newspapers, magazines or the internet. Let the lefties have the airwaves.Patrick West, The Spectator, 3rd September 2020
Changing the Corporation's pandering, predictable approach to comedy needs more than new material - it requires a revolution.Robin Aitken, The Telegraph, 1st September 2020
High on Tim Davie's list of shows deemed 'too left-wing' is Mock The Week. When I was on the show, I was told I must do my 'Iranian material' - that didn't feel left-wing to me.Shappi Khorsandi, The Independent, 1st September 2020
Spitting Image is returning. Some are expecting the new series to represent the welcome, and long overdue, rehabilitation of British satire. Others fear a toothless, joyless effort. Either way, it will face some tough comparisons - most notably with itself. The satire boom of the 60s precipitated a long line of insightful, scabrous, satirical shows. So here, in no particular order, are seven of the best.Tim Dawson, The Spectator, 27th August 2020