Channel 4 denies ’10 o’Clock Live’ axe

Broadcaster claims that no decision has been made over show's future

Channel 4 is denying that its topical comedy show 10 o’Clock Live has been axed.

The 15-part run of its political satire ended last week with disappointing audience figures. The final episode was watched by 630,000 people (with a further 110,000 watching on Channel 4+1), down from 1.4million on its initial broadcast.

Rumours have since been going round saying that the show has been axed. But Channel 4 yesterday issued a statement denying the speculation, reports It read: “Contrary to the rumour mill – 10 O’Clock Live has not been cancelled. No decision has been made.”

10 o’Clock Live was launched as a UK equivalent to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, backed by a massive publicity campaign. It was hosted by an all-star line-up of Jimmy Carr, Lauren Laverne, Charlie Brooker and David Mitchell. Initial reviews were poor, but the consensus had since been that the show had improved.

The channel was also criticised for scheduling its flagship political discussion opposite Question Time.