BBC Question Time WILL go ahead but without a studio audience in light of coronavirus

BBC Question Time WILL go ahead but without a studio audience in light of coronavirus

Tomorrow night’s show will take place at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset despite the ongoing virus pandemic. However, the political commentary show will proceed without a studio audience.

How the public will put questions to the panel is “still being worked on”, BBC media editor Amol Rajan said.

The show, which sees political figures and commentators take questions from the public, will also move to the 8pm slot on BBC One, rather than its usual 10.35pm slot.

In light of the government’s advice, the BBC has announced a number of changes to its news output.

Programmes such as Politics Live and Victoria Derbyshire have been temporarily suspended.

Instead, the BBC News Channel will focus on “core news”.

Other programmes such as Breakfast, and BBC One’s the News at Six and News at Ten, will remain unaffected.

Newsnight on BBC Two and The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One will remain on air but will have fewer staff working on them.

The Andrew Neil Show, Newswatch and The Travel Show will also be suspended.

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The show will become the BBC Coronavirus podcast for the foreseeable future.

the BBC’s director of news, Fran Unsworth, said: “These are unprecedented and difficult days.

“Trusted, accurate information is vital in a public health emergency and the BBC has a key role to play.

“We will continue offering our audience a continuous news service on TV, radio and online but this will look a bit different in the weeks ahead.”

Further changes are expected to be announced later in the week.

Mr Rajan said that plans will be split split into “further phases as the virus spreads”.

Ms Unsworth continued: “Like many organisations we are unable to have all our staff on site due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are therefore making some changes to what we do to streamline our output to ensure we can work with fewer people and protect the staff who are at work.”

Published at Wed, 18 Mar 2020 02:56:00 +0000