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Welcome to the programme. Later: Should Andy Murray's semifinal


victory have displaced the local news?


For us, question time has been a staple of the BBC schedule for many


years. The format is simple. A studio audience puts questions


towards a panel, typically containing a politician and two


orders. One of last week's programme was John Leyden,


previously known as Johnny Rotten. You do agree that a crime has been


committed it? The former punk rocker's appearance divided viewers.


This Dior was less amused: -- He had to go. This isn't the first


time Question Time guests have aroused controversy. Pop stars have


appeared before. As have comedians. They are allowed to strike. And I


thought... Newspaper journalists. The other most disloyal of


creatures ever. And the winners of reality TV shows. I do not have a


�2 million house. She wielded a Again, others disagreed, such as


We were here four years ago at... What about the audience? Some


viewers have wondered how it is selected. This view work is unhappy


Achieving balance in the audience has been the goal of question time


since it started. To face the public's questions, I enjoyed by


the executive producer of Question Time. What was the thinking behind


putting Johnny Brighton on the programme? The sex Pistols and


Johnny Rotten had legendary status. A lot of their audience will


remember that. We thought it would be quite good to get him on on the


programme made up to the Queen's Jubilee. We found that he was a big


fan of Question Time it could not make it that week. We talked about


may be getting him and for another show and we look -- looked at dates.


Another view was says the BBC likes provocative questions and extreme


guests. You like stirring things up. Was Johnny Rotten almost too well-


behaved for your biking? I think some of the people who have


criticised his performance almost wanted him to give us a torrent and


volley of abuse and have me fired. Because they didn't get that, they


were disappointed. You do have pop stars and people from reality shows.


Is that designed to attract a younger audience? It is designed to


broaden the appeal of the programme as much as possible. What Question


Time has managed to do over the years, particularly as we went to a


fifth panellist on the show, is to broaden the franchise. There was a


feeling it was becoming too much of a prisoner of Westminster. If it


was just dominated by politicians all the time, it was largely


beginning to exclude a large part of the audience. The beauty of


Question Time is that it does bring in a much broader audience and


shines a light on what is going on at Westminster. I think having


these independent, freewheeling, outspoken people does help to


broaden the franchise in that sense. Is it the danger that sometimes


they may not be as well-informed as your average member? Undoubtedly


that can happen. Everybody who comes on the programme has been


stowed -- spoken to at length by a team to find out if they know


enough about the stories of the day. On this occasion, Johnny Rotten on


three separate occasions, came out with really good points. He had


things to say about the libel scandal. He had a very pretty --


provocative thing to say about the legalisation of drugs. We have had


other people on whom have had the nerve to get to them, which is


understandable. One political question from this dealer. He wants


to know why you, in the days of the collision, why did give a separate


slot for by the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. He argues that a


unbalances things. We are all on different territory with the


coalition government. The point is the next election will be fought by


the three parties individually. They are still very separate


parties. What we tend to do, as we did last week, is we have a


minister on who is actually a Liberal Democrat and we will seek


to have a more independent, free- thinking Conservative backbencher.


We do not seek to put on a Lib Dem minister and a Conservative


minister. We will put on a minister from one of the party's and a


backbencher from one of the other parties. I think if we did not do


that we would be in serious danger of on the representing one of the


major political parties in the country. And you heard a viewer


complained about rows of left wing people in the audience. Had you


choose the audience? We do achieve balance. Every member of the


audience is spoken to by the research team and their voting


intentions are recorded. The past voting record is also recorded.


They are compiled with all that in mind. We have a fair proportion of


all parties. Thank you. What else has the attention of BBC


News for viewers this week? Wimbledon officio murders can show


they hope of a British men's winner for another year.


After the disappointment came the painful public display of that


disappointment. The support has been incredible.


But before the figure at the triumph and tears, here is a


parting shot from one dealer and the decision to show his semifinal


on BBC One instead of the scheduled The complaints continued beyond the


end of the tournament, with this of It has been a week of technical


problems for the BBC's internet services. A major technical issue


meant the side went down temporarily on Wednesday evening.


For a couple of days, the news website's selection of the day's


most popular stories actually shared material that was a month


The BBC apologised for the problem, which was fixed by Thursday.


Finally, it was goodbye this week to one bastion of the BBC News. Up


until now it was the home of the BBC World news service. The service,


which has programmes in 28 languages, has been broadcast from


the building since 1941. The BBC is now moving out and into a new


extension of Broadcasting House. We are also moving their after next


week. This was the final sign-off from Bush House on Thursday.


the World Service and the news goes on, just not from here. From Bush


House, that's the BBC News. This UN in-out asked to say: -- This They


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