The BBC has been accused of bias after it moved this week’s episode of Question Time from Bolton to a private school in London at the last minute.
Director General, Tony Hall has said he refutes the allegation and insisted the switch took place only because ‘we can’t understand what those northerners say.’
Labour MP’s Lisa Nandy and Rachel Reeves have said the move reflects a capital-centric outlook in the corporation’s output, and said it deprived non-Londoners of a voice at a crucial moment in the Brexit debate.
Through an interpreter Mr Hall asked Ms Nandy, the MP for Wigan, to repeat herself loudly and slowly, adding, ‘You should put a coat on love, you’ll freeze in that t-shirt.’
In a letter to Ms Reeves, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mr Hall suggested she consider getting a proper job, and asked whether there is any need for a Work and Pensions secretary up north anyway.
Panellists on the show were largely from London and the two MP’s said the nation would have benefitted from some non-London centric views from the audience.
Question Time viewer, Dave from Bridgend agrees. He told us, ‘If I’ve got to listen to the same old argument, I might at least listen to it in a different accent.’
The MP’s said the decision has caused ‘real anger’ in their constituencies, and said it is further evidence that there is ‘very little respect for, or understanding, of what is happening in our country outside of London.’
In a statement the BBC said, ‘We’re reet apologetic for any offence caused. Obviously there’s nowt we can do about the decision now, but we would like to reassure all of our viewers that we’ll be ganning back to the drawing board and if Our Theresa doesn’t reach an agreement on Brexit soon, we do intend the next debate to be broadcast oop north. Subtitles will be available.’