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
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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.

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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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