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We don’t make cheap reality TV, says Channel 4 chief

CHANNEL 4 boss Alex Mahon has denied reality programmes are cheap television to fill the schedules, saying it is what the public wants to watch.

Appearing before the digital, culture, media and sport committee inquiry into reality TV, chief executive Ms Mahon (pictured) — whose company makes programmes like Naked Attraction — said there is now a ‘huge public appetite’ for observational and reality shows that reflect our way of life.

DCMS chairman Damian Collins suggested such programmes are cheap to make and more common in the schedules than 20 years ago.

Ms Mahon said: ‘If you take a programme like One Born Every Minute… a life-affirming show and incredibly entertaining for audiences. It’s certainly not cheap because of the way we make it, construct it, the way we film it and work with contributors on it.’

She said Big Brother would not be made today and added that scenes shown ten years ago featuring contestant Jade Goody’s poor mental health would be unacceptable now.