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Child abuse on TV: Are Channel 4 courting controversy?

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Controversy at Channel 4 used to be because they pushed the boat out. Programmes such as the brilliant Brass Eye drew complaints for all the right reasons. Even Brookside’s lesbian kiss storyline in 1993 had a point. So I’m not sure what can be said about C4’s latest problematic Boys and Girls Alone. (But, of course, I’ll give it a go.)

In an open letter to The Times, 36 child psychologists, paediatricians and journalists described the show as “child abuse” and claimed C4 was “treating human beings with contempt.” Many have likened it to a modern day Lord of the Flies. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

Who wants a C4/Five merger? Lord Carter does, do you?

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Channel 4 - A headtrip inside or outside

Channel 4 - A headtrip inside or outside

After the Kangaroo debacle of last week, focus on C4 has switched back to the future of the network, namely, who can save the sinking ship? BBC Worldwide? Andy Duncan wouldn’t hear of it. Other interest has been, let’s say conservatively, limited. Or liberally, non-existent. Except, that is, for the continued rumours that Five are planning some kind of smash and grab raid.

I reported Five’s interest last week, and Lord Carter today reiterated his belief that a C4/Five merger should not be casually written off. Too be honest, C4 don’t have a massive amount of leverage here – when nobody in the (techno) playground likes you, you can’t choose who you play with.

I asked a few mates, not experts, just a few guys and gals who appreciate what C4 once stood for what they think about the idea. Responses varied from “Five is shit, though, unless Channel 4 wants to nick CSI,” to “By the sounds of things it’s all so screwed up that maybe I should make a new station myself.” Read the rest of this entry »

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February 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm