Taxpayers sponsor 'bear-baiting' Jeremy Kyle show
- From: "MCP" <gf010w5035@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 13:02:46 GMT
Taxpayers' cash is sponsoring the Jeremy Kyle Show, described by a judge as
"a human form of bear-baiting", it was revealed last night.
The Government education quango Learndirect has an advertising deal costing
some £500,000 a year for the controversial ITV programme.
The revelation led MPs to accuse the government of subsidising "trash TV".
But Learndirect, which offers careers advice and training for people with
few qualifications, said it has no plans to stop the sponsorship.
Earlier this week, a judge called the daytime talk-show a "morbid and
depressing display of dysfunctional people" after a spurned husband was
provoked into butting his wife's lover in front of the studio audience.
Tory MP David Davies has written to John Denham, the Secretary of State for
Innovation, Universities and Skills, protesting about public money being
Mr Davies said: "What has that show got to do with education? How many
people watching Jeremy Kyle are going to go off and get a degree or
something? They shouldn't be doing this. It's ludicrous."
The MP was also angry that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs is advertising on the show's website.
Earlier this week security guard David Staniforth, 45, from Chesterfield,
admitted assaulting bus driver Larry Mahoney on the show, although the
sequence was never screened.
Judge Alan Berg fined him £300 at Manchester magistrates' court, but refused
to make a compensation order.
He said: "The provocation involved seems to be paramount. The producers
should be in the dock with you."
Learndirect said last night an estimated 50-60 per cent of its target group
watch the show and sponsorship is the most cost-effective way to reach them.
~ A man needs a woman like a lion needs a stove. ~
~ Women deserve only equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. ~
~ Men are not collectively "guilty" of anything. ~
~ Never needing to be pregnant is a blessing. ~
~ Feminist ideology "men have to respect women, but women have no reason to
respect men" ~
~ Everybody makes choices, and nobody should be entitled to special
treatment because of those choices.
Equal results based on unequal treatment amounts to no kind of equality at