The BBC has been accused of turning down the volume of Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott’s microphone during a controversial episode of its Question Time programme.
The accusation comes in the wake of claims by members of the audience that the pre-show warm-up consisted of a series of slurs about Abbott, including an invitation to let loose at Abbott during the show – and of complaints about false presentation of polling during the broadcast to support a claim that Labour is behind the Tories.
The behaviour of the programme led to an explosive rebuke from Abbott herself and a complaint by the Labour leadership.
And now a sound expert has confirmed allegations that Abbott’s voice was played at a lower volume during the programme compared to other panellists.
Martyn Ware is a founder member of the famous bands The Human League and Heaven 17 – and also a producer, sound engineer and a visiting professor at Queen Mary University London. Ware’s verdict was unequivocal:
The BBC has denied any wrongdoing, but Ware’s verdict quickly went viral on social media and provoked hundreds of condemnations of the broadcaster, as well as being shared thousands of times on Twitter.
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