BBC Moves The Goalposts Again 32

The BBC have finally dredged a party line to reply to the outcry about the extraordinarily unrepresentative audience for BBC Question Time from Dundee, which included two ex Labour candidates granted questions and an astonishing number of English accents. The BBC’s extraordinary defence is that the selection was predicated on finding a 50-50 balance of remain and leave voters because of the EU referendum.

The BBC reply reads

“Thank you for contacting us about Question Time held in Dundee on 10th March 2016.

We gather some viewers were concerned that the audience was not representative of Dundee and that therefore the discussion was biased.

The programme, as with all editions of Question Time, was open to people from surrounding areas as well as those living in the city where it took place. We do aim for a wide variety of views on different subjects to be heard on Question Time. The audience included SNP, Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Greens, UKIP and Scottish Socialist Party voters, reflecting political opinion across Scotland. On the question of the EU referendum the audience was balanced with equal numbers of ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ supporters and a fewer number of undecided people. The BBC is obliged to cover the debate around Europe in a balanced and impartial way at this time.

There was plenty of applause for all sides in the debate. Whoever speaks from the Question Time audience is down to the dynamic on the night; who puts their hands up, who claps loudest and so on.

This means that though the audience was balanced; viewers may have felt that those asking questions represented the view of the complete audience. This is not the case, but we appreciate you contacting us with your concern in this matter. ”

The only problem with this explanation is that it is totally different from the approach taken to the Independence referendum debates. There the broadcasters flatly refused to have a 50/50 audience and instead chose the audience according to how Scotland voted at the 2010 Westminster Election. That meant only 19.9% were SNP supporters and audiences were overwhelmingly unionist. Yet the next referendum comes along, and there is a completely different criterion for studio audience selection.

Of course we all know why the BBC does not wish to be consistent and now select by 2015 Westminster election vote… The tendentiousness of the BBC is unlimited.

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32 thoughts on “BBC Moves The Goalposts Again

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  • Tony_0pmoc

    I think my wife and I learned from experience – just after we met..and had a bit of money to travel in foreign lands independently…

    there was just her and me hitch-hiking some of the time…

    and the people we met – though we did not understand a word of arabic, and didn’t know anything about their culture…they invited us into their homes and they cooked food for us..and welcomed us to stay the night

    We learnt how to behave from travelling in foreign lands..

    when I was 25 and she was 23…

    so far as I can see nothing much has changed…

    We got older..had kids..and our kids do much the same..

    But throughout this experience of life…

    It is nice to have a home that we own – through sheer hard work – that always will be recognised by our children as their home and have their children happily and safely running around in.

    I do not live in a Flat.

    You have no idea – how much work it takes to maintain it

    Our large home and our garden.

    We do almost all the work ourselves…

    My wife even works hard growing food at the Community and Private Allotments..

    now you “liberal” people talk about it…

    Grow Food and protest if you want..

    Just Be Nice…

    it really is not that hard…

    Well – some of the stuff she grows is far better than you can buy in Sainsburys – but we haven’t started on Chickens yet (though my sister does) – sure i could eat their eggs..but there is no way I could wring their necks – pluck em – and have them for an evening meal…

    it would be like eating my cat.


  • Tony_0pmoc

    nearly all comments deleted between 6:58 pm and 9:31 pm..

    are Clark and Craig talking to each other…??

    You can’t make babies like that….but you can cure depression and laugh.

    Well I hope so…

    I find this blog seriously weird….but I don’t think any of you are evil – with the possible exception of Habb..but he probably just needs a lovely boy to really love him.


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