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Jonathan Pie: The Fake News Tour

The Anvil in Basingstoke

Thursday 24th October

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Jonathan Pie is a fictitious British news reporter, created and played by British actor and comedian Tom Walker. Pie appears in a series of video clips where he rants about the state of politics in the United Kingdom, presented as if he is a real reporter speaking his personal opinions to camera before or after filming a regular news segment.

The first spoof news report featuring Pie, released just after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of opposition in the UK Parliament, was responding to mainstream media reports that gave particular weight to Corbyn's past relationship with Diane Abbott. The character received international coverage after the 2016 US elections, when his report on Donald Trump's victory went viral, becoming a YouTube trending video. Some media outlets, including PJ Media, did not recognise Jonathan Pie as a fictitious character, presenting him instead as a real-life, professional "British lefty reporter".

Walker was soon approached by several media companies, including RT UK, the Russian government-funded television network, which offered him complete creative control. He worked with RT for several months, before leaving in July 2016, just prior to his appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


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