Question Time audience member calls for BBC to scrap licence fee
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The BBC’s flagship topical debate show will air this evening, but many users on social media have been left underwhelmed by the guests announced. Host Fiona Bruce will be joined by Tory MP Lucy Frazer, Labour MP Peter Kyle, Independent SAGE member Anthony Costello, broadcaster and journalist Jenni Murray and business expert Heather McGregor.
The line-up for tonight’s show was shared on the official Question Time Twitter account and was met with a number of complaints.
In response, one user wrote: “Once again, it’s a bunch of nobodies.”
A second added: “Talk about the D team. Rubbish.”
A third added: “Don’t know any of them.”
Some others also cast doubt over the future of the show in the wake of this evening’s panel.
One user said: “Where’s the front bench MPs? The show is getting pathetic now.”
A second added: “This programme is a shadow of what it was. Don’t recognise all but one of these names.”
A third added: “Right so just a bunch of Z-listers getting a go! Shame really QT used to be must see TV, now it’s must turn off TV.”
Question Time remains in front of a virtual audience and most guests are either sat socially distanced inside a TV studio or appear via a video link.
Lucy Frazer has been the Conservative MP for South East Cambridgeshire since 2015.
The 49-year-old has recently been appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales.
Peter Kyle was elected Labour MP for Hove and Portslade in 2015.
The 50-year-old is a former overseas aid worker and is currently the shadow schools minister.
Anthony Costello is a Paediatrician and Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development at University College London.
He is a member of the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, better known as Independent SAGE, a group unaffiliated to the UK Government.
The 68-year-old is also a former director at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Jenni Murray is a broadcaster and journalist, and is best known for hosting BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour from 1987-2020.
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The 71-year-old has also hosted BBC Newsnight and the Today Programme.
Heather McGregor is Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot.
The 59-year-old was the author of the Financial Times’ Mrs Moneypenny column for 17 years.
Question Time will be broadcast on BBC One from 10.45pm.
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.
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