As you can see, they get to know a lot of background about you in advance (if you fill it in honestly, of course):
Thank you for your interest in taking part in Question Time.
- If you would like to join the Question Time audience, please complete this form
We will be contacting applicants on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the programme. Due to the high volume of requests received we apologise that we are unable to call everyone.
If you hear nothing from us please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful.Continue reading the main story
PLEASE NOTE: The audience is at the heart of Question Time so we are looking for people who want to ask questions and argue with our panellists rather than just observe. If chosen to attend you will be asked to put forward two questions, one by email and a further question on arrival at the venue.
Join the Question Time audience
We contact applicants on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the programme.
Due to the high volume of requests received we apologise that we are unable to call everyone. If you hear nothing from us please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful.
The audience is a key factor in the programme and moves the debates forward; if called you will be asked what topics that you would like to discuss and subsequently to provide two questions.
Please note that everyone applying to be part of the studio audience is required to complete this form. The information is completely confidential and only used for the purpose of balance.
How does Question Time select its audiences?
The short answer is: with great care.
People apply through a phone number given on the programme or via the website.
They are then questioned about their views, voting intentions, background etc, in much the same way as an opinion poll.
From that, the producers select a broad and balanced cross-section.
If, from those applying in a particular area, they feel any group or view is under-represented, they will - occasionally - contact local groups to encourage their members to apply to be in the audience.
The production process needs to be audited. I bet if the producers know they're being watched the audiences will magically become more honest and less filled with activists.ReplyDelete