No member of Nigel Farage’s eurosceptic group will have the chance to debate on the flagship debate programme despite being ahead in the polls. Instead, the popular political broadcast will feature politicians from the Tories and Labour. Guests joining host Fiona Bruce include Damian Green MP, Tracy Brain, Camilla Cavendish, Miatta Fahnbulleh and Simon Jordan.
“When the public service broadcaster does not put a single representative of this new party on any major television programme, even when we have gone from nothing to topping the polls.”
Social media users have criticised the panel ahead of the show tonight.
One person said: “So no MEPs on EU Election Day and no representatives of the Greens or Lib Dems!”
While another added: “Where is the winner of tomorrow’s election?”
A third person said: “On the day people go and vote for the EU elections the BBC put two labour and two Conservative on their panel.”
According to a new poll, the Brexit Party is set to win the most seats in the European Parliamentary elections.
After last week’s programme, the BBC pointed out Mr Farage has made recent appearances on the broadcaster’s various political news programmes.
The show begins at 10.35pm on BBC One.
A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “Neither Question Time nor Any Questions are ‘single issue’ programmes and panellists are expected to address a range of subjects each week.
“Aside from politicians, the rest of the panels consist of political commentators, journalists, and other public figures who represent a range of viewpoints.
“The BBC is no longer reporting on the binary choice which faced the electorate in the referendum 18 months ago; Question Time and Any Questions – with due impartiality – are giving audiences the opportunity to hold to account politicians from government and opposition parties for the way they are carrying out Brexit.”
She added: “There have been a number of flawed ‘analyses’ trying to depict the BBC as favouring one side or other.
“The job of impartial journalism is to scrutinise the issues and interrogate the relevant voices, not advocate for a position. It’s precisely for this reason that the public trusts the BBC.”