Labour has lodged a formal complaint with the BBC and demanded an on-air apology over the treatment of shadow home secretary Diane Abbott by new Question Time presenter, Fiona Bruce. During last week’s QT, Bruce repeatedly interrupted Abbot, very significantly more than she did any other guest, as well as wrongly backing claims by the panellist Isabel Oakeshott that the Conservatives were leading in the polls. There is also an accusation that, during the ‘warm-up’. Bruce apparently mocked Abbott with inappropriate and unpleasant remarks which are said to have ‘wound-up’ audience hostility towards her.
Whilst the BBC has acknowledged Bruce’s error about the polls, they have said that the claims about the ‘warm-up’ remarks were inaccurate and misleading. They also reject claims that Abbot was treated unfairly.
Abbott has commented that the BBC response was not good enough, adding, “Fiona Bruce was clearly repeating Tory propaganda that Labour were behind in the polls. If she had said behind in one poll, that would have been a different matter. This is not an apology and does not address all of the issues that have been raised.”
In the meantime, social media is alive with alternative acronyms for BBC, for example, Blatantly Backing Conservatives, Britains Bully Clique, Busy Building Conservatism, Boring British Channel.
Monday 21 January 2019