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The Django Unchained director's lack of interest in the gun-control debate was typical of a broadcasting culture where marketing always seems to come first

You may admire Krishnan Guru-Murthy's dogged Channel 4 News pursuit of Quentin Tarantino over movie gun violence, but you must also pause over Tarantino's grumpy response. I'm not here to debate all this Newtown stuff, snarled the would-be director of Kill Krish 1. "I'm here to sell my movie." And that, in TV world, is the gospel, all-pervasive truth. You have something – a movie, a record, even a new TV show – to sell, and cameras roll in the most unlikely newsroom places. Once upon a distant, Reithian time, public service broadcasting meant never plugging anything explicitly. Now chat show after show from Graham Norton on down arrives stiff with non-subliminal ads and one old refrain is never heard. Why am I here debating all this tedious stuff? »

- Peter Preston

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