Former UK Channel 4 Chief Slams Quiz 'Disgrace'

27 February 2007

LONDON: British television company Channel 4 has come under fire from one of its founding fathers over a quiz scandal currently hitting the headlines, just weeks after it was lambasted over alleged racist content in controversial 'reality' show Celebrity Big Brother.

Sir Jeremy Isaacs accused the state-owned but commercially funded broadcaster of allowing its programs to become "vehicles for making money" and called the latest furore a "disgrace".

His attack follows the recent pulling of a competition on a popular early evening chat show where viewers were allegedly encouraged to call in, even though potential winners had already been chosen.

Isaacs, who headed Channel 4 between 1982 and 1987, says there is conflict between the broadcaster's ad-based funding model and its public service remit.

He adds: "Making money and making good programmes are incompatible ends."

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