People are worried the BBC will replace Dimbleby with one of the same old faces

George Osborne, Nigel Farage, Davd Dimbleby, Andrew Neil and Nick Robinson
Nye Jones

On 17 June, David Dimbleby announced he is stepping down as host of Question Time after 25 years.

Dimbleby’s departure gives the BBC an opportunity to counter its critics with a radical new appointment. But people on social media aren’t holding their breath.

End of an era

The BBC has repeatedly come under fire for the make-up of the Question Time panel; not least for Nigel Farage holding the joint record for most appearances on the show this century.

The show also has a habit of glossing over key issues:

…or just completely ignoring a national day of mourning:

A new dawn?

Therefore, it’s no wonder people were quick to call for a change in approach:

Same old faces

Dimbleby’s departure could mark a new dawn for the BBC’s flagship debate. Appointing a young progressive host would be a statement of intent from the much criticised corporation. But many people seem resigned that Dimbleby’s departure won’t mark a turning point for Question Time, with one name cropping up again and again:

https://twitter.com/hourlyterrier/status/1008687429212045312

At least others felt there was a broader array of options:

One Twitter user’s prediction was particularly scary; it reads like a stag do from hell:

Although there are rumours that the stag do from hell could be eclipsed by Dimbleby’s final show:

Thankfully, the suggestion that Andrew Neil should jump into the hot seat was met with strong criticism:

Jokes aside

Joking aside, Dimbleby’s departure really is an opportunity for the BBC to counter its many critics with a radical appointment. The scepticism about whether it will take this opportunity is just another example of its beleaguered reputation.

Let’s hope it proves everyone wrong.

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