BBC Question Time criticized for 'misrepresentation' of Newcastle

Some BBC Question Time viewers said they had to turn off Tuesday's programme, which was being filmed in Newcastle

GB About: #bbcqt Publish: Last Thursday at 11:25 PM Edit: Last Thursday at 11:25 PM Author: Gardener

NewcastleBBC Question Time viewers were furious at the way Newcastle was portrayed on Thursday's show. The portrayal of the city was deemed so "disgusting" that some viewers had to turn the show off and some vowed never to visit the area. One person was so disgusted that they wrote on social media: "Note to self avoid Newcastle like the plague." That was the most disgusting Question Time I've ever seen. I'm really scared for humanity." A flurry of people were quick to defend the city, while many claimed the audience was not representative of Geordies, and she later apologized for Rwanda's success, adding, "It's clear from the comments that I owe Newcastle an apology, I had forgotten how biased @bbcquestiontime was, it had improved in the past few weeks. However, I stand by what I say about last night's #bbcqt being disgusting." The comments came after the episode aired in Newcastle, which covered topics such as Boris Johnson's ethics with Stockton South Conservative MP Matt Vickers, the MP debated by Bristol West Labor and House of Commons shadow leader Thangam Debbonaire and Scottish National Party politician Alison Thewliss.The topic of conversation quickly turned to asylum seekers in the UK.But many were angered by the audience's views expressed during of the programme. One viewer sparked anger when he expressed his opinion that too much money was being spent on asylum seekers instead of UK-born people, whom he described as 'our kind'." He said: "Most of these People who cross the English Channel are young men looking for work. Where do we put these people? "Because we ourselves going through a crisis and it seems to me that the money being spent on this problem is more money being spent on them than on our own kind." His comments were interrupted by a woman in the audience who later took the opportunity was offered to speak by presenter Fiona Bruce. The man replied, "They like our terms because we're a light touch." Views continued on people seeking asylum in the UK, with another viewer giving his opinion. I believe that people from Ukraine who are fleeing should come here. But people who have traveled through seven or eight different countries to get here... The views broadcast during the show angered many people in the region, who argued that BBC Question Time did not accurately reflect the opinions of the people of Newcastle . Many criticized the show, claiming it featured an audience composed of a majority of Tory voters. One person wrote: "Doesn't the BBC know that Newcastle is predominantly a Labor stronghold. Why did they have a conservative audience?" Another said: "The BBC should be held accountable for the show. How can the BBC defend the portrayal of this audience as a fair representation of NE?” A third person said: “Newcastle and 99% of its people are amazing. I was blown away by this crowd last night." And another wrote: "Please note that the crowd does not represent the majority of the good people in Newcastle.

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