Issues & Ideas | 22nd July 2014

Are there too many white men on Question Time?

A May2015 analysis of Question Time guests in 2014 has uncovered what many could have probably predicted – white […]

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May2015 analysis of Question Time guests in 2014 has uncovered what many could have probably predicted – white men are over-represented by the flagship political panel show.

The programme, which has recently stopped for the summer, markets itself as one of “debate in which guests from the worlds of politics and the media answer questions posed by members of the public”.

But it does a poor job of portraying the public who form the show’s audience – it over-represents white men, and under-represents white women and men from ethnic minorities.

Then again, it does a far better job of representing women than parliament does. If it did a good job of representing the worlds of politics and the media, it would be overrun with even more white men.