The British National party leader Nick Griffin’s controversial appearance on Question Time last night brought almost 8 million viewers to the show – nearly three times its normal audience. Question Time, filmed late yesterday amid chaotic scenes outside BBC Television Centre after anti-fascist demonstrators broke through a police cordon and briefly gained entry to the building, was watched by 7.9 million viewers – half the total TV audience when the show was aired over an hour from 10.35pm. The week’s news agenda has been dominated by Griffin’s appearance on the show and will be seen by the BBC as vindication of its controversial decision to invite the BNP leader to appear. However, critics of the decision will use the viewing figures to back their argument that the BBC is just chasing ratings. Mark Byford, deputy director general of the BBC, said: “This very large audience clearly demonstrates the public’s interest in seeing elected politicians being scrutinised by the public themselves. “The agenda of the programme was set by the audience’s own questions. The BBC is firm in its belief that it was appropriate for Mr Griffin to appear as a member of the panel and the BBC fulfilled its duty… Read full this story
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