‘Any Questions?’ hosted at Rich Mix triggers BBC complaint
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A formal complaint has been made to the BBC over allegations that a current affairs radio programme lacked impartiality.
Radio 4’s Any Questions? show, recorded at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green last month, triggered a complaint from Tower Hamlets Council’s Conservative group leader Cllr Peter Golds.
The office of Tower Hamlets Independent mayor, Lutfur Rahman, had requested tickets for 10 people to attend the show - and three of them were subsequently chosen to ask questions.
In a letter to the BBC, Cllr Golds expressed “surprise”, adding two of the questioners came from similar backgrounds.
“We had been told that questions would be diverse and represent a range of opinions,”he wrote.
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“So questions from two, well-off young men in their early 20s, with very similar political views, came as a surprise.
“One can only assume that diversity was followed in as much that one hails from Kensington and attended Oxford, and the other is from Highgate and attended Cambridge.
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“Once again, there are serious questions as to ‘impartiality’ on a flagship programme covering controversial political subjects.”
The show, recorded at the Bethnal Green Road venue on August 16, featured panellists including former home secretary Jacqui Smith.
A BBC spokesman said the complaint would be dealt with, adding: “To ensure Any Questions? is a fair and balanced programme, audience members are required to declare any political affiliations when submitting questions, and the most pertinent questions are then put to a panel of carefully selected guests from across the spectrum of opinion.”