‘BBC could be a moneymaking global industry’ says Armando Iannucci

The BBC should look at the possibility of expanding – but the corporation faces being “damned if they do, damned if they don’t”, writer and director Armando Iannucci has said. Last night, Iannucci launched a passionate defence of the BBC at the Edinburgh International Television Festival and said British television needs support amid political attacks. He warned that tampering with the BBC would be “madness”, and that politicians – with no expertise in the area – have got the British television industry “completely wrong”. He also suggested the BBC could…

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Only Burnham will make Labour credible – Steve Coogan

Labour supporters must elect Andy Burnham as their new leader for the party to stand any “chance of becoming credible opposition again”, actor and comedian Steve Coogan said. The Labour supporter said a YouGov poll showing Jeremy Corbyn as runaway leader in the four-way competition brought home “the levels of arrogance and delusion that have filled the ranks for the party”. Coogan, best-known for his role as outspoken radio and television host Alan Partridge, backed Labour’s doomed general election bid and has now come out in support of former culture…

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