Monday 19 March 2018

Pointless host Richard Osman urges more working class voices in UK media

The 45-year-old co-hosts the hit BBC One quiz
The 45-year-old co-hosts the hit BBC One quiz

Pointless co-host Richard Osman has called for more working-class representation in the British media.

The Essex-born presenter, who was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, said "there's never been a better time in British TV" but believed better representation would only send the quality soaring.

Asked what he would change about British television, he told Radio Times: "I'd like more working-class people in TV because they're greatly under-represented - not just in television, but in all media.

"You'll get better stuff: funnier, more varied, more interesting. I'm hopeful that the industry will develop in a way that truly represents our society."

The 45-year-old also explained how he relies on his children to describe the details in TV shows to him as he suffers from an eye condition which severely impairs his vision.

Osman has nystagmus, which means his eyes constantly move.

He said he has to sit right next to the screen in order to watch football and most programmes just appear as "shapes moving around".

Speaking about his 17-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son, he said: "My kids are always very sweet with me.

"They know when I can't see stuff, so they'll always point it out.

"I'm not constantly thinking, 'I can't see anything,' because I see what I see, and I'm very grateful for what I do see."

Adding to this, he confessed he sits on a yoga ball while watching TV at the request of his personal trainer in order to help his back.

Read the full interview in the Radio Times, out now.

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