Former BBC TV news chief slams company’s ‘TERRIBLE’ shows

Former BBC TV news chief, 64, slams company’s ‘TERRIBLE’ programming and ‘one-star’ reviews (and even singles out Rob Beckett’s Unbreakable)

  • The former BBC TV news chief slammed some of the broadcaster’s content
  • Roger Mosey said many BBC shows such as Unbreakable were ‘terrible’
  • Mosey oversaw BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics during his 33 years of service

Former BBC TV news chief Roger Mosey said the company failed to create original content and instead placed mundane reality TV on viewers.

The former BBC television news chief called the network’s offer of quizzes, antiques and cooking shows “terrible”.

British author and former Beeb broadcaster Roger Mosey said the company failed to create original content and instead offered mundane reality TV shows to its viewers.

The broadcaster picked up Unbreakable, a show hosted by Rob Beckett that puts celebrity couples through a series of mental, physical and emotional tests designed to see if they’ll stay together, something critics have been hammering away since it first aired on October 6. .

“If you look now at some of the stuff that’s on BBC One in prime time – I’m a journalist so I’m biased and I think news is important,” Mr Mosey told Iain Dale’s Book Club podcast, according The Daily Telegraph.

“But this Unbreakable program, with the guy who’s into everything, is both terrible – it got one-star reviews – and also draws 800,000 viewers at peak times.”

The Telegraph called the show “invasive” and “sadistic”, awarding it two stars.

“I don’t get paid enough to watch such boring, desperate TV,” said The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan in her one-star headline exam a spectacle.

Mosey called on the BBC’s current director-general, Tim Davie, to keep his promise to focus on quality and reduce “filler”.

BBC Tim Davie during a session at the Royal Television Society London Convention 2022. The director has previously said game shows are the weak link in BBC programming and should be axed as the broadcaster focuses on quality and prosperous

BBC Tim Davie during a session at the Royal Television Society London Convention 2022. The director has previously said game shows are the weak link in BBC programming and should be axed as the broadcaster focuses on quality and prosperous

The director has previously said game shows are the weakest link in BBC programming and should be axed.

“The BBC offers a wide range of popular and award-winning programs but some shows will not suit everyone,” a BBC spokesperson said when approached for comment by MailOnline.

Mosey had been at the BBC for 33 years when he left in 2013 and was tasked with BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics during his time there.

He called the broadcaster too far left, with a bias against anti-immigration views and EU pensioners. The journalist previously suggested the organization share its licensing fees with other news producers.

But not everything the BBC released was boring, Mosey added. he said that a recent program aired on Taiwan was “fantastic” and featured viewers are giving it some attention.

But such shows were airing too late, he said, calling on the BBC to cut its daytime broadcasts.

Unbreakable, a show that puts celebrity couples through a series of mental, physical and emotional tests designed to see if they'll stay together, has been slammed by critics

Unbreakable, a show that puts celebrity couples through a series of mental, physical and emotional tests designed to see if they’ll stay together, has been slammed by critics

‘I would make small cuts in new and bigger cuts in all antiques, quiz [and] cooking programs that you can find on any other [channel],’ he said. “There is no longer a market argument for the BBC to make as many daytime type programs as it does.”

The BBC has come under pressure from license fee freezes and high levels of cost inflation.

Local radio stations have recently suffered major cuts, as have some of their news offerings.

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