Even The Archers does not represent our lives properly, rural listeners have complained as they questioned whether the BBC was value for money.
The corporation has been accused of lacking impartiality in a poll that found two thirds believed that the licence fee should be scrapped entirely.
It led rural campaigners to call for the BBC to create “rural programming for the countryside, not just about the countryside”.
In the poll of 3,400 Countryside Alliance members, Chris Packham’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch were judged to be among the worst shows for representing rural issues, with more than 90 per cent of respondents saying that they did not do so adequately.
BBC doesn’t cover ‘issues that matter’
The BBC’s national news was also found by 92 per cent of respondents to be failing to represent rural issues. It was closely followed by Countryfile, which 89 per cent of viewers surveyed did not feel “adequately” covered the issues that mattered to them.
However, even Radio 4’s The Archers, seen as the jewel in the crown of rural programming by many, was deemed not to reflect country life properly by 79 per cent of respondents.
Farming Today fared slightly better, with just under half believing it properly covered issues that mattered to them.
Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, told The Telegraph: “The BBC must appreciate that the minority rural audience does not feel fully represented.
“There is a desire for rural programming for the countryside, not just about the countryside. In short, rural programming should not only take into account what urban viewers may find of interest and it needs to showcase the value of important rural activities like farming, shooting, hunting and angling”.
The impartiality of Countryfile is already under scrutiny as part of a BBC review into editorial standards. The show has received complaints about its stance on Brexit, farming, fox hunting and environmental issues.
But Mr Bonner on Saturday called for the corporation to go one step further and extend a crackdown on outspoken stars – announced last year as part of director general Tim Davie’s drive to improve impartiality – to be extended to all BBC employees.
Mr Packham, whose shows have been singled out for criticism, is a fierce opponent of countryside sports and regularly uses his social media presence to orchestrate campaigns.