Prof Cox’s blast over ‘dumb TV’
PROFESSOR Brian Cox has accused TV nobs of underestimating the intelligence of viewers.
Asked about dumbing down, the presenter ( above), 49, told TV show In Conversation With... “It’s one of the big mistakes that I think we make sometimes on telly... you underestimate the audience, particularly younger audiences.”
He said that 10 and 11-year-olds were “fascinated” and would “listen” intently during his science tours, where he tackles big subjects such as Einstein’s theory of relativity and what happened before the Big Bang.
“But if you said to a television executive I want to make a programme for 12-year-olds, then it would end up being... I don’t know what it would end up being but it wouldn’t end up talking about things like that,” said the pop star-turned-physicist.
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