Study Proves BBC Anti-Brexit Bias As Viewers Abandon It In Droves
The results of a study of the panellists on the BBC’s flagship discussion program, Question Time, have proven beyond a doubt what Brexiteers have always known – the BBC is institutionally biased against Brexit; an analysis shows that BBC Question Time had 85 Remainers on its panel between January and July 2017 compared to just 36 Brexit supporters. From the 24 shows, only one had a majority of Leave supporters and 22 had a majority of Remainers. Astonishingly, given the BBCs claim to present balanced and neutral coverage, two shows did not feature any Brexit supporters at all and had five Remainers.
Gavin Hunt, a member of the public, used the analysis to make a complaint to Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, however, they dismissed the complaint ruling somewhat oddly that impartiality does not mean Question Time has to have a balanced panel.
Conservative MP and Brexiteer Peter Bone commented:
I’m afraid this again shows that the BBC is simply institutionally biased against Brexit.
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Question Time is the worst of the lot. Because it is a panel it cannot hide its bias against Brexit because you can see who has been invited.
Meanwhile, increasing numbers of viewers are ditching the BBC in favour of services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Almost 3.5 million people have scrapped their TV licence since 2013 and the political pressure is increasing to ditch the ‘TV Tax’. Jacob Rees-Mogg called the licence fee model “out of date”:
The BBC will have to scrap this in favour of a more modern approach — be that with advertising, a subscription model.”
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information rules show 788,605 people snubbed the BBC cancelling their licence in 2017.
In the preceding years, it was 817,509, 875,169, and 945,751.