BBC may invite BNP leader on Question Time
British National Party leader Nick Griffin may be asked to appear on Question Time, the BBC said today.
A spokesman for the broadcaster said it was bound by rules to treat all political parties with "due impartiality".
No representatives of the far-right BNP - which was elected to the European Parliament in June - have appeared on the political debate show before.
The BBC said it was talking to other parties about the move, some of whom had previously refused to share a platform with the BNP because of its policies on race.
Other smaller parties elected to the European Parliament, such as the Green Party and Ukip, have been represented on Question Time.
A spokesman for the broadcaster said: "The BBC is obliged to treat all political parties registered with the Electoral Commission and operating within the law with due impartiality."
"Due impartiality is achieved both by ensuring appropriate scrutiny for each party and by the appearances of a range of politicians across a series of programmes.
"Our audiences - and the electorate - will make up their own minds about the different policies offered by elected politicians."
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas
Rotten-egg smell of farts could help battle heart disease and Alzheimer's
Online trolls target alleged rape victim Jada, by copying how she appeared in video of attack
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£60000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Integration...
£75000 - £85000 per annum + ex bens: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Biztalk Te...
£60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Trade Desk Specialist (FIX, Linux, Windows...
£35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Service Desk Analyst (Windows, Active Dire...