Ian Duncan Smith is to take part in a live daily radio show which charts his progress as he attempts to live purely on air. The Minister made his claim that he could live on air on the Today programme, advising benefit claimants who say they are impoverished by new cuts to do the same.
The Today programme will feature a daily IDS segment in which he gives careers advice and other lifestyle tips. This will replace Thought for The Day. BBC research shows this is traditionally the time in the morning when many disgusted listeners have a shit, or tune to Classic FM. “The aim is to refresh the slot with something edgy” said a BBC insider. IDS will live in a small hutch adjacent to the studio, where a webcam will monitor his progress 24 hours a day, ensuring he has zero intake of nutrition and doesn’t eat his own hay.
In an off-air conversation recorded by Today programme engineers, IDS is heard to ask John Humphrys if he is allowed to drink water. “First rule of live radio,” Humphrys replies. “Never drink the studio water. If those water carafes – so often left unattended - could tell a story, it would reflect the intrigue, envy and spit in today’s BBC. I mean spite. So drink at your own risk, or bring bottled”
The BBC anticipates the experiment will last about thirty days. “We think the show will be an acquired taste,” a spokesman said. “ To start with people won’t be that interested, but as IDS’s self imposed regime affects his nervous system and eventually his brain, the results should be compelling. Now Show listeners have heard plenty of new comedians die on air. IDS will go one better.”
In other news, the BBC announced a new drama featuring Rolf Harris as The Invisible Man.
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