John Whittingdale should 'naff off' over Homes Under the Hammer criticism, says Martin Roberts

Presenter Martin Roberts says John Whittingdale should 'naff off' over Homes Under the Hammer criticism

Roberts is furious with the culture secretary's suggestion that the show is part of a 'static' schedule

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Presenter Martin Roberts has told John Whittingdale to "naff off" over his criticism of Homes Under the Hammer.

In last month's White Paper the culture secretary singled out the television show suggesting it was part of a "static daytime schedule". Roberts isn't pleased.   

"For him to come out and say that, I cannot let it just lie," he told Jonny Gould and Ash. 

"What selfish person comes along and waves a wand, or an axe, and says I'm going to take that away from you and replace it with some French programme about beetles in Africa, because that's what we need on the BBC? Naff off.

"Here we've got a show, without blowing my trumpet too much because I've been doing it from the start, that is loved by all groups of people.

"It's all from the heart. I think people don't necessarily give the viewing public enough credit for actually being able to spot what's fake and what's not."

Roberts also explained the many compliments he's received about the programme.

"Those people who've watched it at quite difficult times in their life, when maybe they've just been made redundant or they're poorly or they're nursing a sick relative, and that's the chance they have to watch it.

"I get letters from people all the time saying you really helped us through a difficult time in our life.

"You're showing people an opportunity to maybe use property to improve their life."

The talkRADIO host also revealed he may soon be coming face to face with Whittingdale.

"My lovely producer is currently trying to get John Whittingdale to come on the show." Watch this space.