Telegraph columnist accuses BBC Question Time of pro-Remain bias

Telegraph columnist accuses BBC Question Time of pro-Remain bias

Telegraph columnist Charles Moore speaking on BBC Question Time.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Telegraph columnist Charles Moore has accused BBC Question Time of having a pro-Remain bias after he pointed out during Thursday night’s panel that he was the only Leave-supporting guest.

Other panellists on the show included Labour MP David Lammy, Culture secretary Jeremy Wright and Novara Media's Ash Sarkar. 

In response to the first question about Brexit, Mr Moore asked if he could ask host Fiona Bruce a question.

“I am delighted and honoured to be here but there is a panel of five and I am the only Leave supporter,” he said.

“Again and again on this programme the balance utterly fails to reflect the wider country.”

Ms Bruce responded: “Obviously the government supports the Leave position and last week we had three people who took the Leave position.”

She added that they were talking about “different definitions of Leave”.

Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness, who was also a guest on the show, was quick to point out that she did not vote in the 2016 EU referendum.

Mr Moore went on to suggest the “political class constantly dominates” the programme.

He added that the Institute of Economic Affairs had found that only just over 30 per cent of appearances had been Leave-supporting panellists, with 60 per cent being Remain.

The study analysed 281 Question Time panellists over the 18 month period from June 2016 to December 2017.

After his remarks on the programme, BBC Question Time released a statement saying they have a “range of competing and different positions on Brexit” on the show.

The statement said: “In response to the point made by Charles Moore about our panels – we would like to point out that since 2016 there has been a range of competing and different positions on Brexit, which BBC Question Time has reflected both on the panel and from our audience.”

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