BBC says Question Time special is 'unlikely to go ahead'

Mail Online | 7/11/2019 | Henry Martin For Mailonline
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A Question Time debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt is 'unlikely to go ahead' due to disagreements over audience members, the BBC has said.

The panel show was set to feature the two Conservative heavyweights in a broadcast planned for July 16, but disagreements over the format of the programme has led to a standstill, the broadcaster revealed.

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One of the would-be Prime Minister's concerns over audience make-up was said to be the main problem when reaching an agreement - and Jeremy Hunt yesterday claimed he was not responsible for the impasse, tweeting to 'confirm I am not said candidate'.

A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: 'We've already hosted a leadership debate and Andrew Neil's interviews on Friday will ensure both candidates are given forensic examination on prime-time BBC One.

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'While the BBC is keen to host a Question Time special as well, we have not so far been able to reach agreement on the format and it now looks unlikely we'll be able to go ahead with this additional programme.'

The broadcaster said that, in line with previous equivalent Question Time programmes, they proposed that half the audience should be Conservative supporters and half represented other political views but this was not accepted.

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The concerns come after the BBC's Conservative leadership debate show last month, hosted by Emily Maitlis, drew...
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