15 October 2009
It will be followed by a Love Music Hate Racism social event featuring live music and an ‘alternative’ Question Time.
Other protests are being planned at BBC studios around the country.
With Unite Against Fascism and other campaigners, PCS has condemned the decision to offer the BNP a seat at the table on the flagship political debate programme.
Media unions have also criticised the decision that they say is not required under the BBC’s legal obligations to ensure balanced coverage around elections.
They also point out that Question Time does not provide the opportunity for the kind of rigorous scrutiny and challenge of far right politicians that NUJ guidelines insist upon.
Writing on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website, former cabinet minister Peter Hain points out the BBC has obligations as a public service broadcaster and an equality policy that commits it to promoting a tolerant society and equal opportunities.
He says: “Either this is hollow rhetoric, or the BBC's own policy compels the corporation to give more weight to a tolerant majority than to a racist minority.”