Have been caught doing it a few times over the years and widely reported on up here at least:
Tory ex MSP poses as audience member, not identified when asking questions:
There’s no such thing as ‘posing as an audience member’. Audience members have political views, more so in political shows.
All of the audience are asked about their voting patterns etc.
If you’re alleging bias in the production of the show that’s different.
So if you introduce a known political activist or representative of a party as "Joe public" that's not misleading? The audience are screened and it would be more transparent to declare their status in that case.
I don't think it's just random happenstance that an Orange Order member and ex-Ukip candidate can be selected for the audience, and asked a question 3+times in different parts of the country with the invariable aim of ambushing an SNP panelist to make them look bad: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/bbc-question-time-investigating-after-13971180.amp
And it doesn't just happen in Scottish episodes:
Looks like a clear pattern of lending an impression of greater tory or unionist support by planting audience members with vested interests imhop.
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