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It was a busy week for news, with the panel getting stuck into the continued delay to the final result of the US election and the UK re-entering lockdown for the month of November, as well as some lighter stories about a new Guernsey police recruitment video and Cliff Richard announcing that he has stopped swearing.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 6th November 2020
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
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