Have I Got News For You is a British television panel show produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. It is based loosely on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been broadcast since 1990, currently the BBC’s longest-ever running panel show. The show has cultivated a reputation for sailing close to the wind in matters of libel with its satirical, light-hearted format. The original line-up, from 1990 to 2002, was Angus Deayton as chairman, with Ian Hislop, the editor of Private Eye, and comedian Paul Merton as team captains. Each captain is accompanied by a guest, usually a politician, journalist or comedian, or somebody particularly relevant to recent news. In recent years, the late-night weekend repeat has occasionally contained extra material from the week’s recording. This became a permanent feature from the spring 2007 series, with the repeat having a running time of 40 minutes, and being titled (in the TV listings) Have I Got a Bit More News for You.
After May 2002, following newspaper headlines of his adulterous use of a prostitute and illegal drugs, Deayton was ridiculed on the show by Merton and Hislop. Following further allegations Deyton was fired. Despite a search for a permanent successor to Deayton, having a different guest host each week proved successful, with average audience figures increasing from 6 million to 7 million. It was therefore announced in June 2003 that this feature would continue.
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