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BBC Question Time slammed as Fiona Bruce admits they selected pro-Tory audience

People are reacting with disbelief, after BBC Question Time admitted that it consciously selected a pro-Tory audience.

Introducing the programme yesterday evening, presenter Fiona Bruce said:

“Our audience has been selected to reflect the current political picture, depending on where we are, so here in England that means there are more Conservative than Labour supporters, plus a smaller number from other parties.”

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The thing is, this policy builds-in pro-Tory bias to the vast majority of Question Time programmes, often without good reason.

Last night’s show was hosted in Liverpool, which is famously a Labour stronghold. Whereas many seats in Yorkshire and the North East fell to the Tories in last month’s election, Liverpool stayed staunchly red.

As a result, if Question Time hopes to reflect the “current political picture,” depending on “where they are,” the audience should have been skewed towards Labour, not the Tories.

By having a pro-Tory audience in every single programme in England, you’re implying Boris Johnson has 100% support in the country, which is obviously not the case. In fact the majority of the country – roughly 56% of those who voted – did not pick a Conservative Party candidate at the 2019 election.

As anti-Brexit campaigner Femi Oluwole said on Twitter last night: “What the f*ck, BBC Question Time. Just say you’re a Tory propaganda machine. It’s simpler.”

We’re afraid, with these audience rules, that’s exactly what they are.

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35 responses to “BBC Question Time slammed as Fiona Bruce admits they selected pro-Tory audience

  1. Don’t watch BBCQT – no point at all- BBC sold out 😩 & now we hear there is Fox News coming over here with Farage & co🤢🤮👺 (🇬🇧❤️🇪🇺Forever)

  2. We have had it in this country. This is diabolical. Like we gurssed BBC is biased towards the right.
    What a farce!!
    How dare they.

  3. Agree totally. Why pay for the (Telegraph offshore Tory Eton propaganda) BBC? this country is sickening. We deserve better than this!

  4. I am a supporter of the BBC, and would always support them, BUT, I am also a Labour supporter and am exasperated with the political coverage. Why on earth isn’t the audience on question time selected to reflect the political preferences of the area that it is being filmed in ?

  5. I never watch any BBC new’s anymore, it’s just a lot of scar tactics! So didn’t see last night program, sounds like I didn’t miss much!

  6. I don’t believe or trust the BBC anymore. They are NOT impartial.
    I don’t believe in the need to fund an organisation that is no longer representing the people.

  7. I no longer listen to the Today program as it totally without rigour in its interviews. Obviously scared of losing the Charter. The new chairman also appears to be totally biased towards the tories. I also don’t watch the BBC news anymore and as for BBCQT forget it. We are living in a right wing country at the moment, Cummings and Johnson pretend to know the voice of the people. Ask yourselves how can they. Both are part of the elite with their public school backgrounds total lack of any moral beliefs except in themselves. We are walking blindly towards the precipice and the general public seem to be complacent in their acceptance of what lies ahead. Well done No. 10
    for destroying democracy.

    1. As a Scot I find Question Time unwatchable. The BBC is horrendously biased and as the article indicates deliberately picks pro Tory audiences not just people who want to watch the programme. As such it doesn’t accurately reflect public opinion at all. Having a pro-Tory audience in Glasgow for example is absurd when they have a tiny level of support all across Scotland.

  8. Is it a coincidence the new Director General of the BBC, Tim Davies, was the Deputy Chairman of a London Branch of the Conservative Party? On today’s 1 o’clock TV News (Sky TV), the number one topic was the concern UK Transport Operators had about the effect a NO DEAL Brexit will have on their Industry with the complexity of documentation and controls. On BBC TV, not a mention on any discussions on this looming crisis, at least in the time I waited to hear any. BBC anytime (?) and now Fiona Bruce and Question Time! Would it be too cruel to suggest an air of Cummings is in the air??

  9. QT is not a serious political programme – just light entertainment, which is why they have the likes of Farage on so often. They court controversy and Gammonkind spouting their nonsense because it provides more entertainment than serious discussion about how to fix a broken and divided country.

  10. Absolutely . The BBC show lots of bias in it’s reporting from the Middle East and her in the UK. The program The Trial of Alex Salmond was a blatant rerun of the trial of an acquitted man. Kirsty Walk, who has been shown in the past to actively dislike the man, was allowed to retell the trial from the prosecutions’s point of view without mentioning the key points which lead to his acquittal. The program implied that the jury got it wrong and that he should have been found guilty.I hope the new DG shakes up this biased,out of touch boy’s club and rids himself of overpaid presenters like Gary Lineker and Jeremy Vine.

  11. Fiona Bruce should be replaced by Emily Maitlis – one of the few journalists who still seems to understand what BBC ‘balance’ really means.

  12. Is this the BBC that I always trusted in integrity an honesty as the bastion of independent free journalism?
    The unbiest defender of the truth and democracy?
    I feel betraid after moor than frothy years of believing in her voice.
    Sad very sad.
    Good bye BBC.

  13. Fiona Bruce should be confined to The Antiques Roadshow. BBC ought to forget about politics if it can’t remain neutral. We have long sensed a strong feeling of loathing toward the SNP in Scotland. Too many public school educated elitists at the BBC with right wing imperialist attitudes.

  14. The BBC and its presenters are absolute disgrace. I begrudge paying for this propaganda. At least North Korea viewers don’t have pay for the crap they are forced to watch.

  15. No big surprise there, b.b.c. is just another tory voice box and Question time has fallen away so much it should be removed from t.v.

  16. BBCQT has deteriorated to a point where it really isn’t worth watching.
    Fiona Bruce comes across as a biased interviewer who constantly interrupts people when they’re replying to a question, especially if they espousing ‘left wing views’
    A person with a certain amount of gravitas and an open articulate nature would do a far better job.
    Dump Fiona and bring on Emily Maitliss, improve standards on what could be a decent program.
    Not worth the money at the moment.

  17. The BBC has repeeatedly breached the terms of its own Charter for many years now and BBCQT is but one example of that consistency to subvert impartiality. To all intents and purposes the BBC is simply now a tool for Conservative propaganda.

  18. Every month or so I give QT another chance and every time Bruce ruins it by persistently interrupting the non-Tories, rephrasing the question, and denying balance. Bring in Maitliss who gives all speakers a hard time!

  19. 50% of the the unitary board at the BBC are now, by law, (thanks to Camerons govt) hand picked for the job by the government .. they all just happen to be people heavily invested in the tory position on everything. Since that happened the BBC has just been a conservative propaganda machine, very thinly veiled at that.

  20. As a Scot I find Question Time unwatchable. The BBC is horrendously biased and as the article indicates deliberately picks pro Tory audiences not just people who want to watch the programme. As such it doesn’t accurately reflect public opinion at all. Having a pro-Tory audience in Glasgow for example is absurd when they have a tiny level of support all across Scotland.

  21. Does what it was formed to do very well actually ie to be the propaganda arm of London Government. It is an irrelevance now outside of London.

  22. new watch it anymore – hte BBC is biased towards the goverment, always pussy fotting arround and making sure no Tory is ever offended. It’s a marvelous setup for the goverment!!

  23. Apparently Farage has appeared more times than anyone, despite the size of his party, and the fact that he has failed 7 times to get elected as an MP. I thought the BBC was supposed to be balanced, but clearly just the propaganda arm of this despicable, irresponsible government.

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