BBC refuses to say Bruce joked about other guests as well as Abbott

An audience member attacks the BBC’s treatment of Diane Abbott earlier this month

The Question Time scandal rolls on. Yesterday, a BBC admission leaked that presenter Fiona Bruce made ‘light-hearted’ jokes about Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott during the warm-up for the programme earlier this month in which Abbott was a panel member.

Abbott and the Labour Party complained about her treatment by the programme after audience members said that she had been the butt of jokes during the pre-show session, while other guests received an altogether different introduction.

In view of the BBC’s inadvertent admission that Bruce did joke with the largely right-wing audience about Abbott before the show, the SKWAWKBOX contacted the BBC to ask whether any similar ‘humour’ had been offered to the audience about other guests on that night’s programme – and to ask why the BBC still won’t release footage of the warm-up to put the matter to bed.

Given the opportunity to deny that Abbott had been singled out, the BBC refused to say that any other guests were the target of such ‘humour’ – or to provide any response to the question about the footage, with a spokesperson saying only that:

We’ve not got anything more to add to this I’m afraid.

A BBC spokesperson

SKWAWKBOX comment:

The BBC appears to be hoping that sticking its corporate head in the sand about this issue will let it all die down so it can get back to business as usual.

It’s simply not good enough for a publicly-funded broadcaster to dodge accountability and transparency in this way. Its evasiveness means that there is no evidence to contradict the claims of audience members that Diane Abbott was abominably treated by the BBC.

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  1. In any other job a person behaving like Bruce would have got sanctioned either with a written warning as a minimum or even worse. It says a lot about Bruce…… and the bbc.

  2. The problem with the BBC’s corporate defence – apart from anything else – is that it is totally counter-productive.

    The failure to provide any contrary evidence is, essentially, an admission of guilt.

    Also blows out of the water all of the propaganda about Bruce being a refreshing change to the QT stereotype. Gender isn’t all.

  3. These bits of footage have a habit of turning up. We already know that the beeb is hostile and it has an extremely deep problem with Diane Abbot. The whole institution is rotten with corruption and perversion. Time to get rid of it. I just will not watch their news and this is my last ever ownership of a licence fee. The venom and disinformation will get unbearable but that shows the depth of fear about a GE. Their polls get more and more fanciful. Remember the polls and pundits at the last count? I shall preserve the view of the Kinnockio’s faces when they saw how well things went. They should have been a bit more chirpy, anyone would think that they wanted a Labour drubbing. I know they were just feeling sad because they couldn’t sleep cos of all the sick, poor and homeless. Vote Putin. That last sentence had nothing to do with me, I just can’t stop it. Regards comrades even the ones who seem to relish death.

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