Have I Got News for You, BBC One, 20 November 2020

Summary of complaint

We've received complaints from viewers who felt that a guest's comment about bombing Glastonbury to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn supporters was inappropriate, and could incite violence. 


Our response

After more than 30 years on air, Have I Got News For You is a well-established comedy series that has built a reputation for irreverent humour and satire.  Regular viewers expect the panellists to make jokes and understand that contributions are intended to be funny and amusing, and this edition was no exception.  It was clear that comedian Fin Taylor was talking about an utterly absurd scenario, in which he compared Jeremy Corbyn to Bob Dylan, and was in no way whatsoever to be taken seriously.