questions raised every question time, has the programme become more ofa time, has the programme become more of a shouting match than if are impressive be nice debate, and the panelists and audience chose in a fairand panelists and audience chose in a fair and balanced manner. question time, finished its current run last week, the first series presented by fiona, it's one of the programmes that news like to be a risk comment ona that news like to be a risk comment on a weekly basis, and that's why we are devoting all of the show to examining the state of bbc one black ship debate programme. —— black ship. the pace of change but music apartment are the same. it'll be a0 yea rs apartment are the same. it'll be a0 years this september since robin presented the first edition of the shell, and that time, controversy has never been far away. arguments have cropped up, notjust around the table but about the programme itself, amplified by social media.
take piano plus my second show in january when the labour party complained that diane abbott had the batch had been interrupted more than other panelist and the audience had been wound up against her. we are happy to talk to the government about some sort of movement. on a couple of occasions since then, we have prayed at the complaints about the audience. in february, the makeup of those attending particular this man right here, who aroused the ire of certain viewers who wrote...
well, bbc is revealing that vetting and transparency of the members of the public participating in political programmes at the moment following conservative leadership debate last month. but they have also been questions raised about who is on the question time panel. it's a panel of five and i'm the only lisa porter. programme makers say they try to ensure a balance of political parties but not according to this journalist, who appeared in april, a balance of these on brexit. again and again on this programme the balance is totally failed to review and reflect the wider company. has dementia before a number of us and agree to attend, such as alan for whom... others feel
the supporting brexit dominate and abject frequency with which nigel farage in particular is indicted on the programme. this appearance and name was his 33rd set five. pumping daniel to e—mail. .. name was his 33rd set five. pumping daniel to e—mail... —— prompting. bbc news told us in response... they added... arguments around brexit
that addition of the programme in may was particularly lively with mr nigel farage clashing with the opponent of brexit and p. you never listen, do you? cannotjust say... cannotjust say listen, do you? cannotjust say... cannot just say are talking about the toxicity at the debate and be kind of hot tempers we see here and stuff we see on mine and that's how parliament cannot talking like this, is exactly surely what we are talking about. we can be better than that. for some viewers, question time too often resembles their pets with argumentative and rowdy audiences, eddiejones with argumentative and rowdy audiences, eddie jones put with argumentative and rowdy audiences, eddiejones put it like this...
well, we have been trying for some time to discuss all of this issues with the representative from question time, either independent programme maker or the bbc. in february we were told someone would be made available to, ion ms. watch this season but unfortunately they're right this season but unfortunately they‘ re right has this season but unfortunately they're right has finished and they had not, instead i am joined by three viewers of the programme. with me in the studio are kate and james and alex in our edinburgh studio. thank you forjoining us. let's start with the issue of its shouting and town, kate you've been in the audience before how did you find it? the actual audience i was in was fine, but i've noticed and this is
pre—fiona bruce, so i did not lay blame on her, the audiences had been getting more and more rowdy. and calling out and shouting out and i remember a few occasions when david willoughby ejected people from the studio because they were self rough and ready about things. and itjust lowers the tone of the whole thing and doesn't become a debate, it becomes a shouting match. we raise concerns about the tone of the show it the bbc and this is what they said. question time often generates strong views and opinions from both the bbc and this is what they said. question time often generates strong views and opinions from both a paddling audience, that's?” views and opinions from both a paddling audience, that's? i think when people want to ask a question they should have their hands up but they should have their hands up but they are not doing it any more, seems to be if someone has a point to make, they want to shout out and they want to be heard. i think that
we need to get back on top of things and that's what it is. you think it degenerated a little bit, butjames i got degenerated a little bit, butjames igota degenerated a little bit, butjames i got a you are not bothered atonement but concerned about other things. i agree with the point alex made, it's inevitable there's going to be shouting because the country is so divided and people feel so strongly, but i think as long as people don't come to blows, it's a useful safety valve. tell us about the other issues that you're concerned about like who gets on the panel. yes, political parties i understand and nominate many of the guests, and for example, the conservative mp vicki ford who was ona conservative mp vicki ford who was on a few weeks ago, i could've predicted exactly what she was going to say. and the same goes for many of the political spokespersons, you should i think had a small panel but actually the bbc should choose who gets on the panel and they shouldn't
just be mps spouting the party line. kate, why do you think about the panel, including issues on bias?” feel sometimes, not every week, that there are lots that these leave people on the panel, which is fine if they want to run it that way, then that's their choice. but, if by any chance on the odd week where they are more remain people, you hear it leave that person saying this is not fair that is only of me and for remainders. whereas if the roles were reversed, the remainder gets on it. the other thing i really do wish we could get out of this thing and lever remainder is getting as you say, it's very divisive, question time is getting too embroiled in brexit. yes, it's important that so i things like
social care, nhs, education, care for the elderly. said there is an issue and have our dominates. it's to dominating now. alex, what's your view on the panel make and issues on balance and whether it's too much about brexit are pro—anti— brexit? obviously brexit is important at the moment but i do feel there's too much of the programme time being used by brexit, i think everyone knows that when the usual suspects come on the panel, we know what the views are, we are not going to say we need to try and diversify and at what else is going on in the country. as far as the panel is concerned, i would lose the celebrity. i think the celebrity is there to promote themselves. whereas... james do you think the same? yes, very much so, i am very much probe brexit and i do feel there is a probe remain bias and i that comes from members of the
london commentary like charity less and thinking people get on. can we talk about nigel farage, just because it's one of those issues around panel booking that gets people in social media with people thinking he's on too much. people in social media with people thinking he's on too muchlj people in social media with people thinking he's on too much. i do feel that and he started everything up. because he was actually on the week when i was in the audience. and he does, he started the audience app, you can feel the sort of tension rising. desktop calling and screaming and yelling and ijust thought this is so uninformative, because he would be shouting across the other panel members. sadly we must leave it there, but think you all for joining must leave it there, but think you all forjoining —— must leave it there, but think you all for joining —— thank must leave it there, but think you all forjoining —— thank you all for joining us. that's all a mess we will be back to your thoughts about
bbc news coverage again next week, goodbye. however, if you spent the week dodging down points at low pressure moving across the british isles change for the weekend, i did by blood pressure hello high—pressure things settling down initially fewer showers but that no showers and the clear blue skies not hugely warm either, but fine we can't have rather best weather. eating showers effecting price in eastern scotland and england, they will slowly fade asago and england, they will slowly fade as a go deeper into the night, cloud probably increasing, the temperature is following a little bit lower than in recent nights so it's going to be perhaps easierfor in recent nights so it's going to be perhaps easier for sleeping and feeling a touch fresher out there. i to the weekend, starting with a fair amount of cloud, but they will be signing spouse, high—pressure not yet fully established while most places will be dry, there is a chance of showers and easter price in scotland developing two parts of
northern england may be at the later towards the south. hit or miss with most people missing them, warm and sunny spells notice the temperature is on the coast are down, breeze from the sea and low cloud or mixed in some spots. 20 —— slight chance of showers are labelled then but sunday looking like a dry and wonderful weekend of tennis on the way. my day shaping up for right across the uk, look at this, i no showers on this but a fair amount of cloud, especially on the eastern side, sunny spouse to the west and high temperatures in the low 20s still a little bit cooler, again with that breeze off the c. maurice barth on sunday, british grand prix silverstein, and it shouldn't be too many issues with the temperature on the track. not a lot of sunshine coming through but it's dry and it's dry for the cricket world cup final as well. dry into the start of next week with high—pressure still here,
training warm for the coast as well but midweek next week, looks more settled with the chance of rain going up. you may want rain and you're on the garden but spare a thought for the people of louisiana and the usa and mississippi as a tropical moisture moves in over the weekend, prolific main breaker may be over 600 mm in some spots, and a few days equivalent to what you do to get a whole year, it's going to bea to get a whole year, it's going to be a very wet weekend.
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