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By Bones McCoy
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#416309
Projective Unity wrote:Thought that "Poverty Porn" like Benefits Street were confined to C4 and C5's domain? Think again as the BBC wants a bite of that cherry.
BBC to pit low-paid against each other in Hunger Games-style show to find Britain's Hardest Grafter

The BBC will make the unemployed and low-paid workers compete against each other for a cash prize in a controversial Hunger Games-type show to find “Britain’s Hardest Grafter”.

Only the UK’s lowest-paid workers will be invited to compete to “show their worth” in the reality show, capitalising on the trend for “poverty porn” established by the Channel 4 series, Benefits Street.

Applications for Britain’s Hardest Grafter, which will be screened on BBC2, are limited to those currently earning less than £15,500 per year.
“At the end of each episode, those who have produced the least will be eliminated and by the end of the process, just one worker will remain. The winner will receive in the region of £15,000 which is a year’s living wage (outside of London).”
Twenty Twenty said participants would be paid a compensatory figure “not below the national minimum wage” for the length of their contribution to the programme.
Sounds appalling, but I suppose the public gets what the public wants.
Just wait til a Pole or Romanian gets past the 2nd week - The Kippers will be seething..
 
By The Red Arrow
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#416312
...yet again proving that all those armchair revolutionaries that have nothing to do with the lefty BBC and its' funding tax can actually quote chapter and verse from most of the Beeb's programmes. It's like they're full of bullshit or something.
 
By Kreuzberger
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#416325
This, from from Section 5 of Auntie's guidelines concerning Harm and Offence
Intimidation and Humiliation
5.4.32

BBC content must respect human dignity. Intimidation, humiliation, intrusion, aggression and derogatory remarks are all aspects of human behaviour that may be discussed or included in BBC output. Some content can be cruel but unduly intimidatory, humiliating, intrusive, aggressive or derogatory remarks aimed at real people (as opposed to fictional characters or historic figures) must not be celebrated for the purposes of entertainment. Care should be taken that such comments and the tone in which they are delivered are proportionate to their target.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguideline ... imidation/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

If a competition isn't for the purposes of entertainment, I don't know what it.
 
By The Red Arrow
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#416341
Yebbut it's not entertainment, it's current affairs. I shit you not...


BBC defends reality show involving poor, dubbed 'Hunger Games'
Britain’s Hardest Grafter will pit 25 of Britain’s lowest-paid workers against each other for cash prize in series it claims is a ‘serious social experiment’
“Britain’s Hardest Grafter is a serious social experiment for BBC2 which investigates just how hard people in the low wage economy work,” said the BBC and Twenty Twenty in a joint statement. “Each week the contributors – who are all in work or actively looking – will experience a different ‘blue collar’ role as the series explores the truth about Britain’s work ethic. Throughout the series, the contributors are rewarded for the work they do.”

The BBC pointed out that the show has not been made as an entertainment format but has come from Clive Edwards, head of commissioning for current affairs at the BBC
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http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/m ... nger-games" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Bones McCoy
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#416393
The Red Arrow wrote:Yebbut it's not entertainment, it's current affairs. I shit you not...


BBC defends reality show involving poor, dubbed 'Hunger Games'
Britain’s Hardest Grafter will pit 25 of Britain’s lowest-paid workers against each other for cash prize in series it claims is a ‘serious social experiment’
“Britain’s Hardest Grafter is a serious social experiment for BBC2 which investigates just how hard people in the low wage economy work,” said the BBC and Twenty Twenty in a joint statement. “Each week the contributors – who are all in work or actively looking – will experience a different ‘blue collar’ role as the series explores the truth about Britain’s work ethic. Throughout the series, the contributors are rewarded for the work they do.”

The BBC pointed out that the show has not been made as an entertainment format but has come from Clive Edwards, head of commissioning for current affairs at the BBC
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http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/m ... nger-games" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
So why don't they get Nick "Bloody" Robinson and Steven "Shock Jock" Nolan to life off food-bank fare for a month.
 
By MisterMuncher
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Nolan, Nolan, Nolan. I have dealt with many a fat greedy fuck in my career, but until I had that gobshite in, I'd never dealt with anyone who demanded bread and a selection of starters (dealer's choice, apparently) before actually looking at a menu, so he'd have something to munch on whilst he did. Naturally, went on to have four courses. At 1530 on a Monday afternoon.

A food bank diet would either kill him or drive him to unmeasurable despair. I'm struggling to see a downside.
By satnav
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#416631
I can remember watching an interview with Jack Monroe a while back, the interviewer quite rightly asked why she had not been offered a cooking show on TV given how popular her books and blogs had been. She said a number of TV companies had approached her with offers but all of them wanted to include some kind of twist or gimmick to the show. Because obviously trying to prepare meals on a tight budget wouldn't have enough appeal in it's own right.
 
By Bones McCoy
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#416644
MisterMuncher wrote:Nolan, Nolan, Nolan. I have dealt with many a fat greedy fuck in my career, but until I had that gobshite in, I'd never dealt with anyone who demanded bread and a selection of starters (dealer's choice, apparently) before actually looking at a menu, so he'd have something to munch on whilst he did. Naturally, went on to have four courses. At 1530 on a Monday afternoon.

A food bank diet would either kill him or drive him to unmeasurable despair. I'm struggling to see a downside.
Always going on about his diet, or sudden unexpected weight gain in the dead air after he's cut off his one intelligent caller.
By PaulOnBooks
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Top Gear cleared over Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘Pikey’s Peak’ sign
The Traveller Movement complained to Ofcom after the programme was broadcast on 2 February last year, claiming it was an “offensive and derogatory term for Gypsies and Travellers”.


But the regulator cleared the BBC2 show of any wrong-doing, saying the reference was more likely to be construed by viewers as a comment about Richard Hammond and his choice of car, a Vauxhall Nova, rather than an insult directed at Gypsies or Travellers.

The BBC acknowledged that the word could offend people, but said in recent times it had “evolved” and taken on an alternative meaning.


Citing Wikipedia as evidence, it said the word “pikey” also corresponded to “chav”, “cheap”, “tacky” or “low rent” with no derogatory reference to Gypsies or Travellers.

Ofcom, in its ruling published on Monday, said Top Gear was “widely known for its irreverent style and sometimes outspoken humour”.

It said viewers would have been “more likely to construe the use of the word ‘pikey’ with it as meaning ‘cheap’ or ‘disreputable’ rather than a pejorative and discriminatory term for Gypsies and Travellers”.
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/j ... -peak-sign" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Wikipedia? If we're relying on that as a source of reliable information and for critical thinking, society is lost.
By PaulOnBooks
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#422010
youngian wrote:I heared the word derived from itinerant traders that would sell stuff on the side of roads; the turnpikeys
I've seen that, though usually with a "thought to be derived from."

That neither Ofcom nor BBC saw any connection between an older term for Gypsies and the modern use meaning chav, thief or whatever is rather disturbing.
By Andy McDandy
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#422012
Considering that chav is derived from Romani (charver, or charvai, meaning 'young man'), the etymology leads back to the same place. Derogatory term for a traveller becomes a derogatory term for anyone, because you're in one way or other likening them to a traveller.
 
By Killer Whale
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Andy McDandy wrote:Considering that chav is derived from Romani (charver, or charvai, meaning 'young man'), the etymology leads back to the same place. Derogatory term for a traveller becomes a derogatory term for anyone, because you're in one way or other likening them to a traveller.
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