Isn’t it strange? When there are complaints about drama or comedy programmes, or individual TV or radio presenters, the BBC can tell you how many it received, immediately.
When the issue is the policies of the BBC News department, that well of information suddenly dries up.
It seems the BBC could not immediately identify the total volume of complaints against Question Time over its overwhelmingly right-wing panel in last night’s (January 14) show.
One person who was clearly unhappy is Jeremy Corbyn, who live-tweeted during the debate in support of his MP, Cat Smith. This Blog welcomes his bid to bring balance to an otherwise hugely biased political programme.
A poll in the Daily Mirror asking whether the panel was biased showed 80 per cent of readers believed it was, against 20 per cent who didn’t.
This Writer was moved to tweet regarding David Dimbleby’s chairmanship of the programme. I said it’s time he retired and, for balance, the next chairman should have strong left-wing views.
The BBC’s Question Time has sparked bias claims after featuring just one declared left-winger on its panel.
Journalists and Labour MPs joined criticism of the flagship political debate show on Twitter during its first screening of the new year.
The five-strong panel pitched Corbyn-supporting Labour MP Cat Smith against Tory minister Nick Boles and Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn.
And the two journalists were both current or former employees of newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch – Sunday Times columnist Camilla Long and former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie.
The alleged lack of balance prompted fury from viewers and Labour MPs.
The bias didn’t end with Question Time. That show was immediately followed by Andrew Neil’s right-wing propaganda piece This Week, in which some lunatic (who cares who it was) tried to claim David Cameron got the better of Jeremy Corbyn in the PMQs exchange on housing. As if!
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