Government by TV? Government by TV? It has been one of those months when the TV has not simply reported the news but has been making some of the biggest news headlines. John Benton Channel 4 has been to the forefront. First it was surrounded in controversy as it defied calls to pull a programme featuring graphic images of the car crash which killed Princess Diana in Paris in 1997, despite this being requested by her sons. Then more trouble erupted as, for the second time, the Big Brother show broadcast racist language from one of the housemates. This time the Channel 4 chiefs took swift action and Emily Parr was dismissed from the programme. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.