The BBC's Charter and its Producers Guidelines state:
...'Due impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC. All programs and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth? [BBC reports should] contain comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of news and current affairs in the United Kingdom and throughout the world??
Just for once the nonsense being talked by most of the panel and many of the audience was not made incomprehensible by panel members interrupting or heckling each other. Dumbleby's interruptions of the panel were less than usual, and he even interrupted the Labour party representative at times, until he was firmly told to stop.
UKIP must be loving the publicity they were getting, remembering that "all publicity is good publicity". They were mentioned many times; sometimes even in favourable comparisons of Farage with the three main party leaders.
However the audience were allowed to heckle and Dumbleby waved a microphone to some to allow the TV audience to hear them.
All in all a better programme than most - but I am not holding my breath waiting for the trend to continue.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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