Blind contestant on BBC's Christmas University Challenge was forced to compete ... trends now

Blind contestant on BBC's Christmas University Challenge was forced to compete ... trends now
Blind contestant on BBC's Christmas University Challenge was forced to compete ... trends now

Blind contestant on BBC's Christmas University Challenge was forced to compete ... trends now

A blind contestant was made to compete without a promised audio description A neurodivergent contestant was told they could not have subtitles BBC bosses have apologised to the pair, who have not yet been named 

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The BBC axed a University Challenge episode yesterday after a blind contestant had to compete without a promised audio description.

Amid accusations of ‘ableism’, in the same show a neurodivergent contestant who struggles with audio processing was told they could not have subtitles.

Bosses apologised after the pair – who have asked not to be named – complained that their needs were not met. BBC News reported that the Christmas episode was axed over ‘ableism complaints’.

Hosted by Amol Rajan, Christmas University Challenge – a spin-off of the BBC Two quiz show formerly hosted by Jeremy Paxman – features alumni who compete for their former universities.

Critics on social media also accused the broadcaster of ableism. On X, formerly Twitter, one said: ‘Sad that reasonable adjustments that are pretty simple to achieve couldn’t be met. Come on the BBC need to do better and lead for others.’

Hosted by Amol Rajan (pictured), Christmas University Challenge features alumni who compete for their former universities

Hosted by Amol Rajan (pictured), Christmas University Challenge features alumni who compete for their former universities

Complaints about BBC impartiality are up by almost 55 per cent in the past year, Ofcom has revealed

Complaints about BBC impartiality are up by almost 55 per cent in the past year, Ofcom has revealed

Simon Alvey, who is disabled and is a strategist at the global PR firm Edelman, said: ‘Not only does the BBC fail to provide adequate support, it denies two disabled

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