Social media is abuzz lately with the sudden downhill trajectory of the quality of audiences on BBC’s Question Time (BBCQT) programme. Never exactly a hotbed of fair debate, it’s gone from bad to absurd with a preponderance of extreme right-wingers in the audiences resulting in horrendous discourtesy and outright abuse, especially toward female panellists such as the excellent Angela Rayner, who was disgracefully treated in Hartlepool.
UKIP, for example, has always received far more airtime – on the BBC and elsewhere – than its electoral importance merited, legitimising its racist views. But in recent months, Question Time’s audiences have often appeared to consist of a majority of small-minded xenophobes with no qualms about spouting little-England nonsense and shouting down anyone who dares dissent.
It turns out there may be a very simple explanation for that: ‘Audience producer’ Alison Pedley.
Ms Pedley’s Facebook shows her job title as “Audience Producer at BBC Question…
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