Former BBC executive Professor Tim Luckhurst launched a scathing undressing of the BBC as anger boiled over about the organisation launching an investigation into the language used in 1970’s sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. The sitcom received a complaint about a homophobic slur in an episode which led to producers placing a warning at the beginning of the show. The professor voiced concerns the BBC has drifted further away from its listener base in recent years and allowed a “woke generation” to take over the corporation.
The former BBC executive told talkRADIO: “When I joined the BBC I was asked to remember, even though I worked for BBC Radio 4, that most of my listeners read the Daily Mail, not the Guardian.
“And it was a very important corrective and it made me think about the sort of output that my audience might want to listen to and might enjoy.”
But he added how his generation have now “been replaced” by a “very woke generation who are not entirely in touch with the way that other members of their own community think and feel about issues.”
His damming attack of the taxpayer-funded organisation went further as he branded the BBC as holding the views of a “metropolitan elite” whose views are of “a very small minority.”
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Prof Luckhurst added the BBC “need to be aware of the fact that there are many, many intelligent, thoughtful Britons who don’t share their views.
“People who voted to leave the European Union, people who are working-class conservatives, who are not common in the metropolitan parts of London.”
The academic explained how despite the investigation by the BBC “the views of the metropolitan elite are the views of a very small minority” which are not reflected across the whole of Britain.
He concluded: “They may be very clever people but they certainly need to be more closely in touch.”
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The comedy programme aired from 1973 until its third series in 1978 and then returned in 2016 for a Sports Relief special.
The broadcaster has already caused outrage with some viewers by giving the same warning to other popular British comedies including Blackadder and The Royle Family.
One episode of The Royle Family was slapped with a warning as it featured Ricky Tomlinson’s classic Jim Royle character watching DIY show Changing Rooms.
He called host Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen a “Nancy boy” – with similar derogatory terms also being used in other episodes.