Re David’s earlier post about the scandalously biased audience on this week’s Any Questions.
According to the programme’s website the distribution of audience tickets is down to the hosts:
1. THE AUDIENCE
One of the chief responsibilities for you, the local organiser, is the distribution of tickets . We very much hope that, in general, the audience will be reasonably balanced and properly representative of the local community in terms of age, class, gender, colour, creed and political affiliation.
This week’s programme came from the William Ellis school in Camden. From that school’s website:
The Any Questions website also includes this:
We do from time to time encounter problems surrounding the issue of ‘balance,’ and the BBC, being committed to fairness, therefore reserves the right to allocate a number of seats ourselves if necessary. We may also give out a number of tickets to BBC guests (If space is particularly tight at your venue please talk to the producer about how many additional seats have been allocated by us).
I think I can guess at the BBC’s idea of providing audience balance – more lefties, just in case.
Update 8.30pm. One of Fiona Millar’s vice chairs on the board of governors at William Ellis is Professor Conor Gearty, former human rights adviser to Tony Blair and founder member (along with Mrs Tony Blair) of Matrix Chambers.