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PENSIONER BBC PROTEST AT SALFORD MEDIA CITY
 

Star date: 29th October 2011

QUEEN'S SPEECH TO BE CANCELLED?

Pensioners and supporters last night staged a protest outside the BBC studios at MediaCityUK against Question Time not allowing pensioners' leaders a platform on one of the programme's panels.

Question Time producers have apparently stated that the pensioners' reps "wouldn't be able to cope with the lights and the stress of a live broadcast". Yesterday was Question Time presenter David Dimbleby's 73rd birthday. And the Queen is soon due give her Christmas Speech on BBC.

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Salford Pensioners Association and Salford Against The Cuts last night staged a Question Time protest outside the new BBC Studios at MediaCityUK.

"We've been trying to get the leader of the pensioners on Question Time for two years and the latest statement from them is that the bright lights and pressure would be too much for them" said George Tapp of the Salford Pensioners Association

"If that's true, does it mean that they're cancelling the Queen's Speech this year?" he asked "She's a pensioner, so are they going to cancel it? Today is David Dimbleby's 73rd birthday. We're welcoming him to Ordsall, although he seems to be running away now and basing all his programmes in Scotland."

The protesters gave out leaflets with a statement from Dot Gibson, general secretary of the 1.5 million strong National Pensioners Convention… "We were told our representatives wouldn't be able to cope with the lights and the stress of a live broadcast. It's ridiculous and condescending and smacks of ageism. We have accused the BBC of ageism in the past as it seems they don't want to acknowledge our existence or our right to a voice in society."

At yesterday's protest, the BBC wouldn't allow banners to be placed near the windows of the studios, although a BBC liaison officer did agree to listen to the pensioners' demands.

Around the country, pensioners are leafleting studio audiences as they go in to watch Question Time. But George Tapp claims that people are not allowed in to watch the programme unless they put the leaflets in the bin.

"It's disgusting" he says "We're not going to go away, we're going to have a regular presence here."

For details of further protest watch this space.

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