Regular readers yma (or may not) be wondering whatever happened to ITBB's Newsnight survey, which has looked at every Brexit-discussing interview on Newsnight since the start of the year so to try and determine, once and for all, if the programme has a pro-EU bias - especially in light of this June's EU referendum.
I left off about three weeks ago (since 29 March) when the list of guests showed (Remain/Leave-wise) the following 'balance':
What's happened since (not counting last night's EU special, as that will be included in the next lot of figures)? Well:
Joint interview: Dan Hannan, Conservative (LEAVE); Michiel van Hulten, Dutch Referendum 'Yes' Campaign (REMAIN)
Joint interview: Chris Grayling, Conservative (LEAVE); Peter Mandelson, Labour (REMAIN); Siobhan Benita, former civil servant (REMAIN); Francis Jacobs, ex-ECJ (REMAIN); Marina Wheeler, lawyer (LEAVE); Robert Tombs, historian (LEAVE); Vernon Bogdanor, historian (REMAIN)
Joint interview: Dan Hannan, Conservative (LEAVE); Ken Clarke, Conservative (REMAIN)
Interview: Chuka Umunna, Labour (REMAIN)
Interview: Peter Greenaway, film director (REMAIN)
Add those onto the running total and we now have:
The Remain lead continues to grow - in this poll at least.
As for the sub-trend of Remain getting most of all of the solo appearances (i.e. not in joint interviews), well, that continues as well. I make the totals for that:
Remain - 17
Leave - 7