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Steve in Pudsey10,171 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Although as a reply to the announcement tweet points out, Farage was on QT last night, what's the difference?

A political debate show with representatives from different views / parties is very different to one politician from one party appearing on a satirical comedy show. I’d have hoped that’d be pretty obvious, at least here if not on a Twitter.


One is very much within the rules during an election period, one very much isn’t. The producers of HIGNFY should have realised this.

Fair enough, now I check and see Anna Soubry was also on the panel that's reasonable.
Write that down in your copybook now.
UKnews835 posts since 26 Apr 2011
Although as a reply to the announcement tweet points out, Farage was on QT last night, what's the difference?

A political debate show with representatives from different views / parties is very different to one politician from one party appearing on a satirical comedy show. I’d have hoped that’d be pretty obvious, at least here if not on a Twitter.


One is very much within the rules during an election period, one very much isn’t. The producers of HIGNFY should have realised this.

Fair enough, now I check and see Anna Soubry was also on the panel that's reasonable.

And when he’s on Marr on Sunday there will also be a number of other political views represented (even if that gets forgotten).
AlexS739 posts since 19 Oct 2016
Central (East) Midlands Today
Very odd that they actually got as far as recording the episode and were less than an hour from TX before the show announced that they'd been pulled! You would think the BBC have oversight of guests so presumably something was said that they couldn't quickly edit so it's been canned.

The question now though, is whether we'll ever see this episode? By nature it's not going to age well if they wait until after the EU elections, but it's very rare these days that a TV show gets filmed and that the episode never sees the light of day!

Its not unknown for seemingly random old episodes of HIGNFY to be repeated so the episode may well be broadcast at some point depending on exactly what the issue is.
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thegeek4,964 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
It's just really odd, no-one when recording it last night thought it would be an issue?

I can only guess they thought they could clear anything up in the edit. They finished the edit, the BBC saw it and realised it couldn’t go out. Would explain why it was so late in the day, but surely someone producing the programme would have thought before hand? Seemingly not.

The episode with Johnny Mercer a couple of weeks ago would presumably have had the compliance lawyers hooping up and down, but still went out - it's interesting that they're happy to face down a potential libel case, but not a due impartiality slap on the wrist from Ofcom.
Interesting perspective from someone with a lot of relevant experience:




The tweet's been deleted!


UKnews835 posts since 26 Apr 2011
Ah shame, Richard Osman’s tweet basically said that - from his experience - it’s particularly difficult for comedy programmes to stick to the equal time / representation rule, far more so than news programmes.
Night Thoughts228 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
It's really sloppy of HIGNFY to even think about having a politician on during an election period. A few weeks back they fell for a spoof about a made-up non-league football team (https://twitter.com/streathamrovers/status/1116815394252251136), now blundering into election laws. It's just complacent - can't help feeling this might be the end for it.

That said, if BBC ed pol were there, heaven knows what's going on.
Ste1,165 posts since 22 Jun 2001
Granada North West Today
Interesting that Jacob Rees-Mogg was allowed to appear on HIGNFY just 6 days before the 2014 EU elections, someone who like Heidi Allen was not a candidate. Farage also appeared just over a month before the 2014 elections too.
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Night Thoughts228 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
Interesting that Jacob Rees-Mogg was allowed to appear on HIGNFY just 6 days before the 2014 EU elections, someone who like Heidi Allen was not a candidate. Farage also appeared just over a month before the 2014 elections too.


The 2014 EU election was on 22 May, Farage appeared on 11 April, according to the show's Wikipedia entry.

That said, Jacob Rees-Mogg appeared the week before the 2014 EU election, so *shrug emoji*

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Have_I_Got_News_for_You_episodes#Series_47)