Last month, the NatGeo channel unveiled “Diggers,” a show about treasure hunters with metal detectors that the Society for American Archaeology said glorifies looting. “Diggers” is only one of a slew of pulp non-fiction shows on the NatGeo Channel that would surprise anyone familiar with the more-then-century-old National Geographic Magazine. Bob speaks to SAA president Fred Limp, National Geographic Society CEO John Fahey, and NatGeo Channel CEO David Lyle.
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Read the transcript here.
For more on David Lyle, please see:
- “Nothing is out of bounds”: David Lyle, Chase Carey, and the drumbeat from News Corp headquarters
- Human humiliation as entertainment
- Tonight on the National Geographic Channel: a TV show that’s “contrary to the ethics of American archaeological practice, highly destructive, and possibly illegal.”
- Interested in “the gritty reality of high-end sex work”?
- David, David, David…
- New NG Channels CEO says his “trashy” tabloid-style programs are behind him now
- Culture clash
- There’s something about David
UPDATE: Bob Garfield was given very limited time (10 minutes, I’m told) to interview John Fahey, and therefore could only begin what should be an extended conversation about National Geographic’s partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. If you’d like to learn more about the impact of this deal, please consider clicking Like on the Dear John: Let’s Talk widget (in the right sidebar). Thanks.