One is a television channel that shows non-stop coverage of debates in the House of Commons. But Brexit has helped make BBC Parliament, the often-overlooked public service channel that shows live coverage of select committees, briefly more popular than MTV. Although it remains a niche offering, BBC Parliament’s viewing figures have been boosted by the public’s interest in Brexit. “As a channel dedicated purely to politics, we’re pleased more people are choosing to watch BBC Parliament at a time when there’s an increasing focus on events in Westminster,” said a spokesperson for the BBC. Despite its recent audience success, BBC Parliament has been under threat from wider budget cuts at the corporation.
Source: The Guardian January 23, 2019 17:40 UTC