Peak politics for BBC as Parliament channel reels in record number of viewers

Written by @singersz on 12 February 2016 in Diary

With a too close-to-call general election, a left-wing Labour takeover that nobody saw coming, a Tory backlash over tax credits and an intense debate over military action in Syria, few could argue that British politics has been boring in recent months.

And now there is hard evidence that Britons have been become more switched on to politics in the past year.

BBC Parliament has reported a record high of an average of two million viewers a month for the first time ever in 2015.

This is an increase of 150,000 viewers each month on the 2014 figures - and it marks the first time the BBC’s dedicated parliamentary channel has broken the two million viewers per month threshold.

The channel has more live coverage than ever before and covers proceedings from Westminster, the European parliament, the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies and the Scottish Parliament.

BBC Parliament controller Peter Knowles told TP:

"Providing more live coverage of the key political debates and discussions has meant that during 2015, a dramatic year in politics, we’ve seen a surge in people using BBC Parliament to follow proceedings.

"New camera positions are also giving our coverage a fresh feel as this parliamentary term is now in full flow."

Apparently the new camera angles, brought in last year, represent the first such change since 1989. According to a BBC spokesman, the new camera angles "bring audiences closer to the key exchanges, debates and votes".

So much for the public being turned off by politicians...



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