Prof Cox’s blast over ‘dumb TV’

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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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