Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

Question Time this week comes to us from Edinburgh, with Tory rising star Ross Thomson making his debut appearance. Expect Brexity sparks to fly. 10:45pm BBC 1…

BBC Flagship Shows Still Have Remain Panel Bias

Brexiteers always like to complain about Brexit bias on the BBC, so Guido has crunched the numbers on the BBC’s three flagship panel shows, Question Time, Politics Live and Any Questions to see if they have a point. They certainly do…

Since the start of the political season in September, 72% of the official panel guests across the three shows have been Remainers, while a mere 28% have been Leavers. A whopping 87% of the panels had a Remainer majority – only 13% of shows had a panel equally balanced between Leavers and Remainers. Not once have Leavers outnumbered Remainers.

Eight shows since the start of September have seen Brexiteers outnumbered 4 to 1 by Remainers, while two shows in the last two weeks managed to feature four Remainers and no Brexiteers at all. No-one is disputing that the Remainer elite are the majority in the Westminster politico-media bubble, the Beeb should however try to reflect the majority of the country…

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Who Is On Question Time Tonight

Rod Liddle Totally Eviscerates Labour on Question Time

Last night on Question Time, the Speccie‘s Rod Liddle received rapturous applause for this incredible takedown. Swatting aside Ian Lavery’s walrus-like interjections, he launched into a total and complete evisceration of Corbyn’s Labour Party. It’s really worth a watch…

“I really wish that the people who were taken in by [Labour] and agreed with that, would look to the left beyond the podium and see the rabble with their Palestinian flags and their lanyards sponsored by Hamas, would look to the raft of hypocrites on the Labour front bench. Thornberry, Abbott, Chakrabarti – all of whom don’t want you to send your kids to private schools or selective schools but do so for their kids, and for Corbyn and McDonnell, who have given support and succour to every possible hostile, violent, anti-democratic terrorist regime or organisation they can. IRA, Hamas, Hezbollah, Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela.

If you want people like that running your country, vote for Corbyn.”

And the audience cheered!

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

Early night.

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Question Time’s £450,000 Gender Pay Problem

The conventional wisdom is that the BBC will appoint a woman to present Question Time. David Dimbleby is paid £450,000 a year, or £15,000 an episode. If he is replaced by a woman, gender pay sensitivities mean it is unthinkable that she could be given a pay cut. The Beeb would have to stump up the full £450,000. If a man is hired, however, insiders note, the salary could be slashed, potentially saving the BBC and licence fee payers hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. Tough one for Beeb bean counters…

74% of Guido Readers Say Scrap Question Time

A Guido poll of more than 6,500 Twitter followers has concluded that BBC Question Time should be scrapped. The overwhelming majority (74%) was in favour of canning the programme so that politicos can regain their Thursday nights. No need to find a new presenter either – problem solved. Guido suspects this is a sentiment shared in the wider country…

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Another majority remain panel on Question Time tonight. But at least Wetherspoons legend Tim Martin is on…

Meanwhile, voting continues in Guido’s poll, which closes after the show: should Question Time be scrapped?

Have your say…

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Question Time Runners and Riders

David Dimbleby is stepping down after 25 years presenting Question Time. As ever, Guido gives you your runners and riders…

  • Kirsty Wark: The early hot favourite. Question Time is produced in Glasgow, where Wark lives, and they have always wanted to be produced full time from that location. Wark recently declared her interest in the job, in an interview which suggested she knew this was coming and wanted to roll the pitch. Kirsty’s Newsnight shifts have been cut down now Evan Davis and Emily Maitlis do an equal number of programmes. Newsnight editor Esme Wren may be keen to privately push for Kirsty so she can hire her own special correspondent / third presenter. Would be a very logical move… 
  • Emily Maitlis: The perceived wisdom at the Beeb is that it has to be a woman, and Maitlis is closely in behind Wark as the early second favourite. Emily has been at Newsnight for over a decade. She will be up there.
  • Andrew Neil: If the BBC wanted the broadcast veteran who is the best at holding waffling, question-dodging politicians to account, Brillo would be a shoo in. Not sure what it would mean for his post-Question Time show This Week, alas. It would trigger Owen Jones and Andrew Adonis… 
  • Huw Edwards: Huw has been waiting for Dimbleby to retire for years. The Beeb originally promised him that 2015 would be Dimbleby’s last election, at which point he could take on his responsibilities, only for Dimbers to stick around for the referendum and 2017 general too. Edwards has long been seen as Dimbleby’s successor…
  • Emma Barnett: Rising star who would liven the show up and put the fear into the guests. Guido can see her in the chair one day. But has it come a bit too soon for her this time round?
  • Mishal Husain: Would she want to do it if it means not being the lead Today programme presenter in the post-Humphrys future? Her audition hosting the BBC’s 2017 election debate did not go to plan… 
  • Kirsty Young: Has been at Desert Island Discs since 2006. Though she doesn’t need the money and might not fancy the hassle.
  • Jeremy Vine: Last week Vine announced he is replacing Matthew Wright on Channel 5 and juggling that show with his Radio 2 gig. Bet he’s kicking himself…
  • Fiona Bruce: Seen a less exciting but safe option.
  • Nick Robinson: Another not very exciting option.
  • Victoria Derbyshire: Quite a step up from her current programme.
  • Eddie Mair: Could he take the pay cut?
  • Matthew Wright: Hotly tipped by Buzzfeed media man Mark Di Stefano.

Good luck…

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John Mann tells Question Time about the time he met Kim Jong-il. His verdict: “Strange family…”

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Another Remainer panel…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

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Tory Rat T-Shirt on “Momentum” Question Time

A bizarrely shouty crackers episode of BBC Question Time last night – even by its current standards – during which the audience was allowed to heckle and jeer questions on Grenfell and the situation on the Gaza border. One audience member quipped to the mob: “this is not a Momentum meeting”…

Meanwhile, in the close-up cuts, it emerged one audience member sitting behind a questioner had worn their “you’re never more than 10 feet from a Tory” t-shirt, emblazoned with a giant rat and anarchist logo. Political banners and signs are not allowed in the audience. After a series of controversies involving hardcore Labour activists posing as audience members on the show – including one veteran agitator who was ejected – the producers last year boasted of the programme’s “rigorous background checks” to ensure balance. Looks like some more basic checks might be in order…

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Only one Brexiter, again…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

Good luck to the TPA’s Chloe…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

One Brexiter out of five panel members…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

A proud moment for the brocialists on Question Time tonight: Diane Abbott (former girlfriend of Jeremy Corbyn) appears alongside Jennifer Robinson (relationship status with Seumas Milne unknown). Jennifer’s last high profile public appearance was rather different:

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