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BBC: Give scientists proper representation on Question Time
  • Petitioned BBC Question Time

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BBC Question Time

BBC: Give scientists proper representation on Question Time

    1. Martin Robbins
    2. Petition by

      Martin Robbins

      Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Since the last general election, scientists have been less well-represented on BBC Question time than reality TV show contestants. Nigel Farage of UKIP - a party without an MP - has appeared on the show four times more often than all scientists put together. Important debates on climate change have been conducted with denialists such as Melanie Phillips, Nigel Lawson and James Delingpole, without a single climate scientist given an opportunity to contribute. Debates on drug policy have been held between comedians and columnists, without a single medical expert present.

It's time to end this bias. Please, Question Time producers, demonstrate that you're interested in serious debate and put people with real scientific expertise on your show. 

To:
BBC Question Time, Producers
Scientists have appeared less often on your program in recent years than reality TV contestants. Please give them proper representation on your show.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Call for more scientists appears on BBC Points of View

      Martin Robbins
      Petition Organizer
      Points of View: 2013: Episode 19

      Jeremy Vine presents the series in which viewers get their chance to comment on what they have been watching on BBC television. Jeremy Vine presents the series in which viewers get their chance to comment on what they have been watching on BBC television.

    3. The Independent: "BBC told 'get more scientists on air'.

      Martin Robbins
      Petition Organizer
      Twitter / mjrobbins: Coverage! "#bbcqt told 'get ...

      Coverage! "#bbcqt told 'get more scientists on air'" via @sean_t_ellis pic.twitter.com/UeYTaUmSqD

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • William Sardar BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      I work in the renewable energy sector and feel that the facts are not often correctly represented.

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    • Charles Hellier WESTCOTT, DORKING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      "Scientists" comprise: engineers, biologists, medics, statisticians, IT specialists and others. By such categories the under representation is astonishing.

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    • jeremy spurway CRIEFF, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Stands to reason, dunnit? And analysis. And evidence. And experiment. And.. need I go on?

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    • Nozizwe Ndhlovu LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Much as I enjoy Question Time, I feel that real issues are not discussed in real depth with field specialists to present alternate perspectives to the arguments.

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    • Eric Young LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Unfortunately Question Time and other BBC programmes seem to have completely failed to "balance" debates where there is peer reviewed evidence which clearly outweigh the opposing opinions. Eg Man-made Climate Change evidence heavily outweighs counterarguments, yet both are given too equal weight in discussions and news stories.

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