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German culture minister slams TV channel for dumbing down arts programming

I’m getting fonder and fonder of Bernd Neumann. The German culture minister who gave the arts a 50 million Euro investment boost last  month has turned his guns on the main TV channel ARD, attacking it for replacing arts programmes with talk shows.

And he’s not just on about high culture. This guy likes to give his policy statements in jazz clubs. My kinda minister.

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  1. Can we bring him over to this side and set him loose on A&E, which used to stand for “arts and Entertainment but now features such elevated fare as “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and “Storage Wars”?

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