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By a Newsnet reporter
 
A new satirical web site, which lampoons BBC Scotland news coverage, has caused a mini online sensation with its 'unique' take on the Glasgow based broadcaster.

The site, called BBC Scotlandshire, was launched last week, with a single story entitled “Andy Murray must now become English, says Cameron”. Since then it has received thousands of visitors each day, becoming something of a phenomenon on Facebook and Twitter.

The opening article, written in the style of a BBC Scotland item, claimed that David Cameron was offering a new Honour to Andy Murray, but only if he agreed to a set of preconditions which included him representing England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A second article, posted 2 days later, suggested that MPs planned take over Holyrood while Westminster palace is being refurbished, displacing the sitting MSPs to the nearby Dynamic Earth.

This article, entitled, “Cameron gives green light for MPs to relocate to Holyrood”, featured a fictitious quotation from Labour MP Ian Davidson, which quickly appeared on a Facebook poster causing indignation amongst many who, having not seen the original article, assumed the quote was genuine.

The team behind the new site say they created it to highlight the often ridiculously partisan BBC Scotland reporting in favour of Unionism and the constitutional Status Quo.  They aim to publish several stories per week on topical subjects.

Although fictional, each article is written in such a way as to parody real BBC Scotland reports by taking the customary BBC 'journalistic licence' just a little bit further and by making the stories just a touch more preposterous than the genuine articles.

“The trouble with the first couple of articles”, one author on the site told Newsnet Scotland, “is that we got the style so close to the real thing that many people didn’t spot it was a spoof.  But with BBC Scotland covering stories about losing the pandas, annexing the Northern Isles and bombing our airports, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that.”

He added, “The most worrying aspect of the reactions to the site so far is: if some people are unable to tell that these exaggerated spoof stories are fictional, how many others are taken in by all the real propaganda and biased reporting that characterises the Scottish media.  That is a truly frightening thought.

“Our aim is that new readers should get about half way down an article before they work out it’s a spoof – anyone returning to the site should not be fooled a second time, but will hopefully find the articles amusing and perhaps enlightening.  First and foremost we aim to be funny.”

The site has a disclaimer on every page which declares, “This site contains news items which are often ridiculous, generally ficticious, entirely ill-informed and simultaneously biased in favour of the status quo and against the Scottish National Party, the Scottish Government and Scottish Independence in particular.  Any similarity with other national broadcasters is entirely unfortunate.”

Just like the real BBC site it lampoons, comments are banned on BBC Scotlandshire, but the site has just launched a Twitter and a Facebook account where comments (including story suggestions) are very welcome.

The latest article, entitled “STV chiefs may face jail after 'Boogate' complaints”, exposes the truth behind the booing of the first minister in Glasgow.  The site can be read at www.BBC.Scotlandshire.co.uk,

If you enjoy a good laugh, we suggest you take a look soon before it is forced off the internet for good.

Comments  

 
# GrassyKnollington 2012-09-18 19:21
The Boogate article is hilarious.
 
 
# davemsc 2012-09-18 19:40
I was initially fooled by the Holyrood/Dynamic Earth article. Stunning work.
 
 
# Wullie B 2012-09-18 19:45
Loved the teucherland region , We dont report news from the sticks , linked it on my facebook
 
 
# Astonished 2012-09-18 20:18
Excellent stuff.



I have a complaint that they are not biased enough.



I cannot find a link to the BBC Scotlandshire Trust - therefore to whom can I complain and have my complaint - completely ignored ?
 
 
# Ped 2012-09-18 20:31
:) Far better than the BBC
 
 
# Fungus 2012-09-18 21:02
I love the ending to every article:-

Quote:
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont was unavailable for comment.
 
 
# Zed 2012-09-18 21:38
Must admit that gives me a chuckle everytime hahaha
 
 
# davemsc 2012-09-19 09:09
That was my favourite bit too :-)
 
 
# tartanfever 2012-09-18 21:16
Wonderful website - gave me such a good laugh today.

I'm sure the BBC masters in Pathetic Quay are already on the phone to their chief legal attack dog, Bonnington, to get the site closed down.
 
 
# GrassyKnollington 2012-09-18 21:41
Hate to spoil the fun but an article in todays Grauniad entitled "Deep fried Mars bars are a fine Scottish tradition" saw the first person to comment quip,

"Funnily enough so is low life expectancy......."

At 2237 they had enjoyed 239 comment recommends.

I wonder if the Guardianistas would have felt so easy joking about the early death of any other group.

guardian.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# Blanco 2012-09-19 12:50
Quoting GrassyKnollingt on:
Hate to spoil the fun but an article in todays Grauniad entitled "Deep fried Mars bars are a fine Scottish tradition" saw the first person to comment quip,

"Funnily enough so is low life expectancy......."

At 2237 they had enjoyed 239 comment recommends.

I wonder if the Guardianistas would have felt so easy joking about the early death of any other group.

guardian.co.uk/.../...

Guardian readers hate Scotland for some reason, despite the supposed caring sharing vibe they try to give off.

It is hard to spot the genuine Scotlandshire article amongst the fictional, but there is at least one real one - can you find it?
 
 
# tartanpigsy 2012-09-18 21:52
Congratulations to whoever set this up, a great idea, hope to have a wee read later on, this is a great way to get folk to take note. of the mince that is spouted on the 'other' BBC site,

There are as they say, 'many ways to skin a cat'

Keep it going guys n girls

:D)
 
 
# J Wil 2012-09-18 22:54
I hope the site runs and runs as it is exremely funny.

The presenters of Scotland Tonight are really pretty shallow in their interviewing technique. They will ask one of their guests a question, then take the answer they receive, almost verbatim, and pass it to the next guest for a reply, so that the presenter has no actual input and there is no expansion of the discussion (a parrot could be trained do it). I noticed that this happens repeatedly during Scotland Tonight interviews.

Last night there was an article on the programme about the topless pictures, with one woman arguing in defence of the French magazine and the other arguing that it was an invasion of privacy. The first woman was using some choice language about women baring their t*ts. This time it was amusing to hear the interviewer carefully avoiding paraphrasing her when passing on the next question, an exception to the general rule.
 
 
# Macart 2012-09-19 06:57
Simply genius. :)
 
 
# UpSpake 2012-09-19 07:58
They do this sitirical reporting so brilliantly and yet they do it so deliberatly !.
 
 
# Virgil 2012-09-19 08:31
Why so secretive about the writers of this website? It doesn't take a genius to figure that the spoof website owner is a contributor to Newsnet.
 
 
# tartanfever 2012-09-19 11:13
Why the desperate need to know Virgil ?
 
 
# Kinghob 2012-09-19 08:38
Nothing secretive- the tongue in cheek satire is harmless fun but it is unfortunately very true to life as it imitates "art" if the national sbroadcaster NBC journalism could be described as being artistic which is rather doubtful.
 
 
# gus1940 2012-09-19 08:39
Brilliant but I suspect that The BBC will go after them for using their logo and website layout.

If they do take the creators to court would it not be a good idea to defend the case supported by contributions from supporters.

If the case were to be defended it would help to publicise the blatant BBC bias and it would be difficult for them and the rest of the MSM not to report on the proceedings.
 
 
# JRTomlin 2012-09-19 16:56
They can't do so successfully. It is satire. There are exceptions in the copyright and trademark laws for satire.

That said, they may try and depend on bullying and the cost of defense. Everyone knows that satire is dangerous and a site like that can do a LOT more than anoraks complaining to convince people of the BBC bias.
 
 
# Roll_On_2011 2012-09-19 13:07
I have always thought there’s just no room for imaginative satirical writing these days; the real Unionist world overtakes too fast.

But this site has proved me wrong!

Brilliant site.
 
 
# Jamieson 2012-09-19 13:21
I think it's marvellous. It goes right up the BBC's nose. I read the first few sentences without realising that it was a spoof. Then I noticed the "Scotlandshire".
 
 
# jim288 2012-09-20 11:44
Brilliant. Gets better and better.
 
 
# km 2012-09-21 04:51
Read a real BBC article today, had me wondering for a while if I had stumbled accidentally into the Scotlandshire website:

bbc.com/.../...

Quote:
Among the user complaints regarding Apple's maps sent to the BBC were:

Satellite images of various locations, particularly in Scotland, are obscured by cloud.


Great site!
 
 
# dak 2012-09-21 12:22
I work in an office in Manchester and had to stop reading because I was disturbing those nearby with my laughter. It's brilliant.

I don;t think everyone gets it, though: .../stv-chiefs-may-face-jail-after-boogate.html
 

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