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BBC changes fraud show trailer amid antisemitism concern

    Fiddler on the Roof (1971) "The story of Tevye the milkman, his meddling wife and five willful daughters needs little introduction" Watch a clip <A href='http://tinyurl.com/24zrscq'>here</A>
    Fiddler on the Roof (1971) "The story of Tevye the milkman, his meddling wife and five willful daughters needs little introduction" Watch a clip <A href='http://tinyurl.com/24zrscq'>here</A>

    BBC producers have changed a trailer for a series about tax and benefit fraudsters following complaints that it could be seen as antisemitic.

    The original trailer for Britain on the Fiddle featured the song “If I Were a Rich Man”, from Fiddler on the Roof, the 1960s film about Jews in a Russian shtetl.

    Some viewers felt that the choice of music pandered to negative stereotypes about Jews and money.

    Licence fee payer Robin Alexander said: “I just thought this cheap and very old-fashioned.

    “We are used to BBC anti-Israel bias, but has anyone else noted this case of old-school antisemitism?”

    A BBC spokesperson confirmed that eight complaints had been received and that they had been taken into account as part of a "creative review" of the trailer.

    The spokesperson said: “The choice of music for the trail was purely based on a play on words and there was absolutely no intention to cause any offence. Following a creative review, the trail was re-edited.”

    The soundtrack now features “For The Love of Money” by the R&B group, The O’Jays.

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