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Doctor Who: A Celebration of The Master & Our Love for Hammy Villainy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/03/2022 - 12:38am in

Celebrate The Master & your love for hammy villainy with the newest Doctor Who supercut video compilation released by the BBC.

Why GB News is the new Findus lasagne | David Mitchell

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 27/02/2022 - 9:00pm in

The news channel’s prickliness after a BBC presenter made a passing joke about ratings only made it funnier

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Jodie Whittaker Just Photobombed Doctor Who Cosplayers At LSCC

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 27/02/2022 - 2:59am in

I'm at the London Spring Comic Con - a small affair comparatively but a perfectly formed one. It is sold out today but there are still tickets available

Doctor Who S10 Supercut Reminds Us of Time When Show Was Still Good

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 26/02/2022 - 12:57am in

As the Doctor Who drought continues, the BBC released a supercut of "NuWho" Series 10, the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) final season.

Doctor Who "Legend of the Sea Devils" Special Airing Easter Weekend?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 22/02/2022 - 4:16am in

We knew the Doctor Who special "Legend of the Sea Devils" was set for Spring 2022, but it looks like it could air over the Easter weekend.

BBC Discolour Signal Intrusion (1972)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 15/12/2019 - 1:21am in

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A question of balance: on what basis was last night’s Question Time audience selected?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 27/09/2019 - 8:12pm in

Last night, the BBC’s Question Time was broadcast from Cardiff. Events leading up to the programme – as well as the programme itself – give rise to further questions about audience selection; an issue that has given rise to considerable concern over a long period.

Inevitably, Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament were issues on the show. The city of Cardiff voted strongly remain in the 2016 referendum; by 60.02% to 39.98% on a turnout of 69.7%. More recently, although the Brexit party topped the poll in Cardiff in the 2019 European elections, it only did so by a whisker with 21% of the vote, with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru receiving similar shares of the vote; the majority of Cardiff voters backed Remain parties, to the tune of more than 70% if you include Labour, on a turnout of 41.6%.

In other words, Cardiff is a Remain city. But you might have been surprised to learn that if you watched the audience and listened to the questioning.

I applied for a ticket, as did many of my colleagues in the Cardiff for Europe group, one of the many local groups operating under the umbrella of Wales for Europe. Not one of us, having honestly answered the question on the application form that asks how you voted in the 2016 referendum, actually received a ticket – which suggests that, assuming the selection process was unbiased, the law of averages was having a week off. Similar experiences have been reported on Twitter from party political groups.

Moreover, the selection form gave rise to concern. As I mentioned, Plaid Cymru took 20% of the vote in the European elections in Cardiff – and a similar vote across Wales as a whole. Yet the question on the online application form asking which party one would vote for did not include Plaid Cymru. It included the Brexit Party (0 MPs) and the Green Party (1 MP) but not Plaid, with its four MPs and a substantial vote share across Wales, for a programme that was taking place in the capital of Wales – in the Senedd no less, where 10 Plaid AMs sit. Plaid supporters were required to tick the Other (please specify) box.

The BBC has refused to answer Freedom of Information requests for information on how Question Time audiences are selected. The FAQs on the programme website provide a handful of opaque generalisations that appear to have been drafted by Sir Humphrey Appleby. In the light of long-running controversies over the programme’s audience selection, surely a greater degree of openness would be sensible.

Bias is a serious allegation, and one that I am obviously not prepared to make without some pretty substantial evidence – although there is, as we have seen, a history of allegations. What I am willing to say is that this audience did not appear to reflect the City of Cardiff – certainly not the city that I know; that is a subjective view, obviously. But the marginalisation of Plaid Cymru – who, whatever you may think of them, are obviously an important part of the Welsh political scene – suggests at the very least a sloppy, ill-informed and cavalier approach to audience selection, one that paid little heed to the actual political balance in the city where the programme was recorded.

And, while the BBC continues as a national broadcaster funded by what is in effect a Broadcasting Tax, it needs to do a lot better than this.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 5:22pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Wed, 30/09/2015 - 5:22pm in
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The BBC has never been perfect. It gave Spike Milligan an audience for a  kind of humour that surely none of its executives could even begin to fathom, but then over-worked him into multiple nervous breakdowns. It accomodated Thatcherism to the extent that by the late 80s the only television drama produced in-house was Doctor Who, and then that was gone, too. At any one time, for every arm of the corporation that seems at its nadir, there's always another that is producing something miraculous. You can't pick tomorrow's winners at the expense of the day after tomorrow's winners. It must respond to valid criticism (at the moment, the state of news and current affairs is dire), but it also deserves a reasonable measure of security, across the full breadth of its services, that recognises its globally unique role, and its capacity for—dare I say?—regeneration.

Update: John Sheil at openDemocracy argues that we should be defending the BBC based not on its past, but its potential future.

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