BBC comedy show The Mash Report has been axed by the broadcaster.

The programme, which offers a satirical take on the week’s news with Nish Kumar and Rachel Parris, had previously been accused of left-wing bias.

Andrew Neil has previously singled out the programme while complaining about the BBC’s “left-wing” comedy output.

He complained that The Mash Report was “self-satisfied, self-adulatory, unchallenged left-wing propaganda”.

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In a statement, the BBC said sometimes “difficult decisions” have to be made.

The comment said: “We are very proud of The Mash Report but, in order to make room for new comedy shows, we sometimes have to make difficult decisions and it won’t be returning.

“We would like to thank all those involved in four brilliant series and hope to work with Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris and the team in the future.”

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The decision follows previous reports that new director-general Tim Davie wants to overhaul BBC comedy – suggestions he dismissed.

He said the BBC needs to “nurture brilliant writers from all kind of perspectives”, but that there shouldn’t be an “assumed point of view”.

On Twitter, presenter Kumar suggested he wasn’t happy with the decision.

He wrote: “A lot of people are asking me for a comment and here it is,” followed by a picture of him sitting in front of a sign reading: “Boris Johnson is a liar and a racist.”