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No, the BBC’s viewing figures have not “plummeted”.

On Christmas Day, a Twitter user claimed BBC “viewing figures have plummeted since the election”.

This claim — shared over 7,000 times — is false. Estimates from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) suggest little change in the BBC’s weekly reach.

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A Twitter user gave supposed second-hand testimony of a BBC employee:

Spoke to someone at The BBC yesterday, this person told me they…