Former ITV and BBC chairman, Michael Grade has criticised the monarchy for overlooking Bruce Forsyth for a long overdue knighthood.
The 83 year-old entertainer has been an ever present on our TV sets for over 50 years, and despite years of campaigning by supporters, still doesn’t have the honour. Grade blames ‘innate snobbery.’
Speaking in the Radio Times, Grade said,”It’s shocking that he and other variety performers are never knighted.
“There’s an innate snobbery in Whitehall that music hall is vulgar – trade. It’s the same with television.
“I’ve lost count of the number of dinner-party conversations where someone says, ‘Television is dreadful’.
“I ask if they’ve seen a particular programme. ‘Oh, yes, that was good’. Their arguments fall apart within seconds. Television hasn’t got worse. It’s different.”
Forsyth last year made a joke of his absence from the list, saying, “I’m in very good company. Morecambe and Wise never got a knighthood, the two Ronnies never got a knighthood… I have a CBE which I was very pleased to accept and still am very pleased to accept and if that’s as far as it goes, that’s as far as it goes.”