Question Time Special, BBC One, 12 December 2013

Question Time

Complaint

We have received complaints from viewers who were unhappy the programme was broadcast from Johannesburg and focused on South African issues.

Response from Question Time

Nelson Mandela was a hugely significant world leader with an enormous political and cultural influence across the world. His death is of considerable interest to our audiences at home and across the globe. The Question Time special from Johannesburg gave viewers an insight into the personal and political views of people in South Africa at a poignant time for the country, and in a way that would not have been possible in a broadcast from the UK. Although Question Time is usually based in the UK, it has broadcast from other countries before and audiences at home regularly debate international topics such as Syria, Edward Snowdon and other global news stories. The programme was of interest to our viewers and was the most watched programme on TV at that time.