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Get a load of this ridiculous thing I found the fuck out last night

July 27, 2011

Seriously. Get a load of this.

Received the following tweet from Chris Spyrou, who I know from Twitter as being even more obsessed by the hacking scandal than I am.

@Glinner Any ideas what this means re: Daily Show Global Edition? Possible Murdoch stuff? http://bit.ly/nuG6FZ
chrisspyrou
July 26, 2011

No need to click the link, it leads to the following exchange.

Where is the Daily Show Global Edition? Didn’t record on More 4, and it’s advertised, but not on More 4 +1. @C4Insider
chrisspyrou
July 25, 2011
@chrisspyrou Sorry compliance probs so we couldn”t show
C4Insider
July 26, 2011

I was curious as to why an episode of The Daily Show that would have been of particular interest to the UK public–covering, as it did, the News of The World scandal–would not be shown in this country. I tweeted @C4insider.

@C4Insider what were the compliance problems for Daily Show? Out of curiosity.
Glinner
July 26, 2011
@glinner Will do some investigating and get back to you.
C4Insider
July 26, 2011

Well. You’ll never guess.

Asked Channel 4 why the latest Daily Show isn’t being shown on 4+1 (HT: @chrisspyrou) and got the following reply…
Glinner
July 26, 2011
@Glinner We are prevented by parliamentary rules from broadcasting parliamentary proceedings in a comedic or satrical context.
C4Insider
July 26, 2011

Oh, OK. 

Wait, what?

@Glinner C4′s restriction led by this guidance (FOIA response), specifically section 4: http://bit.ly/n48eaa
fiatpanda
July 26, 2011
@Glinner Aimed at "preserving the dignity of the House", I think.
fiatpanda
July 26, 2011

Holy shit! So politicians in the UK…

@Glinner Same in Ireland. Smallprint under “Rules of Coverage”: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/
thebeernut
July 26, 2011

….so politicians in the UK and Ireland are protected from satirical TV programs by the law? But only if they’re for national consumption? REALLY? 

This means that the The Daily Show writers can make fun of the UK using Parliamentary footage, but satirists in the UK can’t. This means that Have I got News for You can use the following clip…

…but IRISH SATIRISTS CAN’T!

Doesn’t anyone else find this situation insane?
@C4Insider @Glinner OK well those rules need changing. Doesn’t sound right that America can take the piss out of us but we can’t
tomhare
July 26, 2011

Well, QUITE.

Here’s one bit that would have been in the Global Edition.

Daily Show: Accountability in the U.K.- http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-20-2011/accountability-in-the-u-k-?xrs=share_twitter – Not shown in the UK @Glinner
chrisspyrou
July 26, 2011

It’s region-locked, but there are several ways to see it. I use Overplay VPN but there are many free alternatives (the vast majority of which I find impossibly fiddly…and I was never a big Torrenter). 

The only free service that ever worked for me was using Firefox with the Modify Headers extension, so give that a go before doing anything else.

Here’s how it works…

Anyway. I digress. Around the same time that all this was happening, I discovered that Ai Weiwei is on Google+. His ‘about’ page reads “Suspected of being involved in: distributing pornography, tax evasion, inciting subversion, shortchanging someone in a transaction on the black market, keeping a mistress, plagiarism, and reselling cultural artifacts for profit (seven deadly sins).”

Poor guy. They’ll probably take him in again for that. Can you imagine living in a country whose rulers were so scared of satire that they…
Never mind.

2 clips from @TheDailyShow (19/20 July) not shown in the UK – http://mediaite.com/a/mlyrv + http://mediaite.com/a/jdbgf
chrisspyrou
July 27, 2011
Thanks to everyone who sent this link, which has just now started working for me.

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