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Question Time

  • 1979
  • News and current affairs
  • Entertainment

Summary

"Question Time" began broadcasting on a trial basis on September 25, 1979, and was billed as a TV version of Radio 4's "Any Questions?" It features politicians from the major political parties as well as other public figures answering questions on issues of the day put to them by members of a studio audience. Since the programme began, Robin Day (1979-89), Peter Sissons (1989-93) and David Dimbleby (1994-present) have chaired the debates. For a brief period in the mid-1990s, voting keypads were used to poll the audience, who are selected to provide a balanced cross-section of the nation. Audience figures hit a peak of 7.9 million on October 29, 2009, when Nick Griffin of the BNP joined the panel. Under Robin Day, the programme was almost always made in London, but is now recorded from a different location in the UK each week. "Question Time" is unique in that politicians are grilled on a regular basis by members of the public, something that rarely happens with politicians in the US. Each year, 30,000 members of the public apply to join debates by being in the studio audience. The programme takes breaks for Christmas and Easter and ends each July prior to returning in the early autumn, coinciding with the conference season.

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17/02/2022

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Fiona Bruce chairs the topical debate from Leeds. Her panel comprises chair of the Northern Research Group of Conservative MPs and former Minister for the Northern Powerhouse Jake Berry MP, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Frances O'Grady, industrialist and former Chief Executive of Siemens UK, co-chair of the UK's Made Smarter programme and vice chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Juergen Maier and journalist, commentator and GB News presenter Inaya Folarin Iman

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PresenterFiona Bruce
UnknownInaya Folarin Iman
UnknownJake Berry
UnknownAndy Burnham
UnknownFrances O'Grady
UnknownJuergen Maier
Series editorHilary O'Neill
Executive producerNicolai Gentchev
Executive editorDaniel Maxwell

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