BBC reportedly being blamed by some for ‘poor’ Fringe ticket sales

FREE comedy shows being staged by the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are reportedly being blamed, by some, of alleged poor ticket sales elsewhere at the festival.

In today’s Scotsman, arts correspondent, Tim Cornwell, quotes one performer and writer making a complaint, via an essay on Facebook, adding: “Three top comedy promoters, who asked not to be named, had similar complaints, including about the [BBC] venue’s mixed comedy shows which are free.”

He also quotes a BBC spokeswoman as saying: “The majority of the shows at the BBC venue are relating to programming which are reflecting the fun and excitement of the festival to the UK while giving the local audience an opportunity to connect directly with BBC output.”