BBC bias: Comedy shows poke fun at Tories, Brexit and more than Left - ...

BBC comedy shows appear to be biased against right-leaning politicians and causes, analysis has suggested, as hosts and commentators mocked Tories, Brexit and Donald much more than Left-wing issues.

PUBLISHED: 12:24, Sun, Sep 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:09, Sun, Sep 6, 2020

Research analysing the Beeb’s popular comedy programmes the BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Mash Report on BBC2 uncovered the apparent bias. The shows featured 13 times as many jokes poking fun at right-wing political figures and issues as opposed to those on the Left.


Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was a common theme for hosts and guests to have a laugh about.

Brexit and US President Donald also appeared high up on the scale of jokes, much more so than Labour, its leader Sir Keir Starmer, and Mr ’s rival Joe Biden, analysis by the Sunday Telegraph showed.

There were just 10 jokes across six episodes criticising Left-wing figures.

The research focused on the two most recent episodes of Have I Got News For You, The Mash Report and News Quiz.

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BORISBBC comedy shows poked fun at Boris and Brexit more than Left-wing issues (Image: GETTY)

These were aired between April and June, while the UK was under strict lockdown measures.

The Prime Minister’s family was the focus of an episode of Have I Got News For You which aired on May 22.

Commentators made five comments about Mr Johnson’s perceived incompetence as a leader while also raising questions relating to his family.

Home Secretary Priti Patel was also put in the spotlight during the same episode.

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