The BBC has come under fire for strongly favouring left-wing or "woke" comedians in its allocation of comedy broadcasting slots.
Of the 364 November slots under scrutiny, the CSC findings showed 268 were filled by comedians “with publicly pronounced left-leaning, anti-Brexit, or ‘woke’ persuasions.”
Of the 141 comedians involved, 70 percent were left-leaning, while just 1.1 percent were “explicitly conservative, pro-Brexit or anti-‘woke,'” the audit showed.
The CSC was launched in May by the founder of Bedford Free School and former Conservative parliamentary candidate, Mark Lehain, to promote "grown-up discussion and debate.”
He said in the report that “there has long been a feeling that comedians of a left-liberal leaning seem to get disproportionate airtime," with the CSC adding in their statement that "the BBC is failing to give exposure to comedians with a range of views and values.”
The findings come just a day before the BBC published its plans to develop a BBC Comedy Association (BCA).
'Unbalanced' Range of ViewsAsked to comment on the CSC audit findings, a BBC spokesperson said in an emailed statement, “We don’t analyse our comedy by comparing numbers.”
“We judge it on it being funny, how popular it is, and whether it reflects a range of different voices and views," the spokesperson added.
Yet Lehain said, “Given the BBC’s unique position and resources, its stated diversity goals, and its role in the talent pipeline, it is worrying that the range of views held by the artists and acts it uses is so unbalanced.”
It “does not reflect in any way those of the intended audience—the UK population,” he added.