The BBC Shows Its True Colours
Well at least now we know. Any shadow of the famed BBC impartiality was blown away this week. Firstly we had Nigel Farage peacocking in front of a stacked Northampton Question Time Audience and then in a brazen display of hypocrisy, an episode of Have I Got News For You was pulled because it featured a Change UK candidate. The BBC’s reasoning was that screening the panel show would breach electoral rules as it featured Heidi Allen the Change UK leader.
The layers of contradiction are deep and plentiful. In a replay of the same scenario in 2014 Nigel Farage was allowed to appear in an episode of HIGNFY in the run up to a European Election. The guiding principle is correct, during any election campaign the BBC must remain impartial and be scrupulous in how much airtime each party gets, but it seems to be one rule for all and another Mr. Farage. This is because he is seen as the enfant terrible of politics and therefore good entertainment value. The simple truth is that the BBC is as obsessed with ratings as any commercial station. How else can you explain the tabloid-esque move to host Nick Griffin of the BNP on Question Time back in 2009.
Of course Question Time has long hidden behind it’s format to counter any accusations of bias, ensuring that panels contain an array of guests from different parties. Unfortunately the treatment of the panel members tends to vary wildly. Thursday nights edition was the Nigel Farage show from start to finish. In front of a massively favourable studio he was allowed to speak over guests, ignore difficult questions and repeatedly peddle his Brexit lies on national TV.
The broadcaster really needs to look again at its charter. Not only should people like Farage be given an easy ride, but they shouldn’t be given a platform in the first instance especially with his history of islamophobia. Many things deserve an equal platform but bigotry isn’t one of them.
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