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By G.A.Ponsonby

Former ITV chief executive Stuart Prebble is to lead an independent review of the BBC's impartiality.

The review, commissioned by the BBC Trust, is a follow up to the 2007 report by John Bridcut that set out 12 "guiding principles" to help prevent biased reporting at the corporation (see bottom of page).

The foreword of the 2007 report open's with: "Impartiality has always been (together with independence) the BBC’s defining quality.  It is not by chance that all BBC staff carry an identity card which proclaims as the first of the BBC’s values that they are independent, impartial and honest."

Mr Prebble will look at how the BBC has dealt with technical and social change and whether the BBC was providing an adequate "breadth of voice".

Mr Prebble’s impartiality review will be the fifth such review by the BBC Trust, previous review subjects have included coverage of the UK nations, science and the Arab spring.

The review will be particularly interesting given the constitutional debate currently raging in Scotland and the growing calls for more balance from BBC Scotland.  The review is expected to conclude one year before the 2014 independence referendum.

Mr Prebble said: "I am delighted to have been invited to lead this important study for the BBC.

"Having spent most of my career outside the BBC, I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to examine how well the commitment to breadth of voice – which is unique to the BBC – is being met."

The state broadcaster's reputation is under threat in Scotland with many viewers questioning the impartiality of the broadcaster's Scottish franchise when it comes to the reporting of Scottish political matters.

Scottish government complaints have led to London controllers having to issue guidelines on language after many high profile reporters were guilty of adopting Unionist inspired terms and phrases in political items.

The Glasgow HQ has also been the scene of protests from viewers angry at what they insist is a culture of pro-Union bias.  Many are still angry at the BBC's closing down of Scottish political blogs, when other blogs in Wales, England and Northern Ireland remain open for public participation.

Meanwhile, Scottish listeners have reacted with anger after it emerged two of BBC Radio Scotland’s news programmes have been dropped from BBC iPlayer for the duration of the Olympic Games.

Flagship morning news programme Good Morning Scotland and evening news show Newsdrive, have both been removed from the BBC’s online digital replay facility.

The programmes were dropped recently despite their Northern Irish and Welsh equivalents Good Morning Ulster and Good Morning Wales continuing to be available, and are not due to return until mid-September.

The axing of the Scottish news programmes coincides with complaints from oversees listeners who have found themselves unable to access Radio Scotland news using the normal online service.

Responding to questions on why the news programmes had been removed from iPlayer, a BBC spokesperson apologised but confirmed the shows, and others, would not be made available until after the Olympics had ended.

The spokesperson said:

"Please note that during the Olympics and until the end of the Paralympics - July 25 – September 12 - many Radio Scotland programmes will not be available on demand.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this has caused.

Nevertheless, I do understand you that you feel very strongly about this issue, so I’d like to assure you that I’ve fully registered your concerns.  This will be included on feedback reports that are available to personnel responsible for maintaining and improving the BBC iPlayer service.

These reports are viewed as important documents that can help shape decisions on future aspects of BBC iPlayer.

Once again thank you for contacting BBC iPlayer."

The statement though gives no definitive reason for the removal of the two programmes and comes at a time when listener numbers for Radio Scotland are falling.

Yesterday Newsnet Scotland reported that the number of people listening to the Radio station had fallen by over 7% over twelve months.  There were also almost 5% fewer listeners between the first quarter of this year and the second.

 

Bridcot report's twelve guidelines to ensure BBC impartiality:

1. Impartiality is and should remain the hallmark of the BBC as the leading provider of information and entertainment in the United Kingdom, and as a pre-eminent broadcaster internationally. It is a legal requirement, but it should also be a source of pride.

2. Impartiality is an essential part of the BBC’s contract with its audience, which owns and funds the BBC. Because of that, the audience itself will often be a factor in determining impartiality.

3. Impartiality must continue to be applied to matters of party political or industrial controversy. But in today’s more diverse political, social and cultural landscape, it requires a wider and deeper application.

4. Impartiality involves breadth of view, and can be breached by omission. It is not necessarily to be found on the centre ground.

5. Impartiality is no excuse for insipid programming. It allows room for fair-minded, evidence-based judgments by senior journalists and documentary-makers, and for controversial, passionate and polemical arguments by contributors and writers.

6. Impartiality applies across all BBC platforms and all types of programme. No genre is exempt. But the way it is applied and assessed will vary in different genres.

7. Impartiality is most obviously at risk in areas of sharp public controversy. But there is a less visible risk, demanding particular vigilance, when programmes purport to reflect a consensus for ‘the common good’, or become involved with campaigns.

8. Impartiality is often not easy. There is no template of wisdom which will eliminate fierce internal debate over difficult dilemmas. But the BBC’s journalistic expertise is an invaluable resource for all departments to draw on.

9. Impartiality can often be affected by the stance and experience of programme-makers, who need constantly to examine and challenge their own assumptions.

10. Impartiality requires the BBC to examine its own institutional values, and to assess the effect they have on its audiences.

11. Impartiality is a process, about which the BBC should be honest and transparent with its audience: this should permit greater boldness in its programming decisions.  But impartiality can never be fully achieved to everyone’s satisfaction: the BBC should not be defensive about this but ready to acknowledge and correct significant breaches as and when they occur.

12. Impartiality is required of everyone involved in output. It applies as much to the most junior researcher as it does to the Director-General. But editors and executive producers must give a strong lead to their teams. They must ensure that the impartiality process begins at the conception of a programme and lasts throughout production: if left until the approval stage, it is usually too late.

Comments  

 
# Macart 2012-08-03 06:22
Well, he shouldn't have to go farther than the fact there is no political comments available in Scotland. Then of course there is the yearly underspend and the raft of gathered incidence footage and complaints by independence minded public. Still I think you'll find that the BBC will be found completely honest and impartial regardless.

Waste of time and money.
 
 
# clootie 2012-08-03 07:09
Macart - a great place to start. Political censorship in Scotland because it does not follow state message.

A waste of MY time and MY money.

The myth of BBC impartiality is a BBC spin and the coverage of World issues as compared to Aljazeera clearly indicates a state broadcaster with UK / USA bias.
 
 
# Macart 2012-08-03 07:19
Its the one thing above all that makes me despair clootie. I don't mind a fair fight, but the media of this country whether broadcast or print are already bought and paid for by the opposition. Commentary led reporting is the norm and papers proudly fly the flags of their political allegiance. This paper's tory, that paper's Labour. What the hell happened to this paper reports the news, the facts, regardless of patronage!

I mean seriously, a review of BBC impartiality commissioned by the BBC Trust. I'm seeing a problem with that.
 
 
# Mad Jock McMad 2012-08-03 07:18
BBC Trust - oxymoron ....
 
 
# Seagetagrip 2012-08-03 07:31
Quite Jock!

The BBC Trust sets up an independent commission to test its own impartiality?
Presumably they also selected the Chairman. It beggars belief!
 
 
# Diabloandco 2012-08-03 07:31
Why am I sure that all the "impartiality boxes" will have been ticked after the Trust finishes the review?
 
 
# mealer 2012-08-03 07:32
I expect a white wash.
The closing down of comments on politics is the most obvious,and perhaps sinister,proble m.
Non-reporting is another.Why didnt BBC report that HM treasury are advertising for a fulltime anti independence campaigner,cont rary to UN protocol ?
 
 
# Shagpile 2012-08-03 14:51
Quoting mealer:
I expect a white wash.
The closing down of comments on politics is the most obvious,and perhaps sinister,proble m.
Non-reporting is another.Why didnt BBC report that HM treasury are advertising for a fulltime anti independence campaigner,cont rary to UN protocol ?


Actually they did report it mealer, and they did so before it was reported on NNS.

bbc.co.uk/.../...

Perhaps someone there wanted to rub it into the cybernats, lol, isn't it amazing that comments were disabled..... I call it cowardly. Yet, ironically this will be shown as a "see, we're not biased"!

But hold on..... NO COMMENT from the political editor.... He'll be in the running for a knighthood now I'm sure. Yet, like the job applicant, he'll be out on his ear after 2014.
 
 
# EphemeralDeception 2012-08-03 17:28
"out on his ear after 2014"

Unfortunately I think many of the bottom feeders will be re-employed after independence.
A Brit one day and a Scot the next.

I am sure many of us have a good memory and will be following successful candidates closely.
 
 
# Fungus 2012-08-03 07:36
They weren't impartial during the General Strike, they aren't impartial now. This is a London based, establishment run state broadcaster. If they really want to be shown to be unbiased they should submit to audit from an outside body, the Council of Europe perhaps.
 
 
# UpSpake 2012-08-03 07:36
Luvvies sleeping with luvvies and all within the M25. We all know what the outcome will be.
Report not available till the latter part of 2013, Mmmm. So we still have well over a year of bias and mis-information emminating from the State Propagandist. How wonderful.
A report comes out then is shelved as 'inappropriate' as it has come out too late to effect the referendum debate.
We are not all buttoned up the back of the head.
Let's destroy the BBC through starvation. Let's give them the message this month when the same Luvvies assemble in Edinburgh for their annual back slapping junket at the laughingly titled Edinburgh International Television Festival. What the hell in international about television in Scotland, we can barely get national television here. Whole thing is a bloody joke and we have to pay through the nose for this tripe. What fools we ?.
 
 
# rhymer 2012-08-03 09:44
Didn't one country (Australia ?) eliminate their television tax
By simply a mass refusal to pay. How was it organised ?
 
 
# frankyB 2012-08-03 07:45
A significant portion of the Scottish people actively believe in independence. But this group of people are not only completely ignored their views are rubbished and trashed at every opportunity.

Another significant group of people in Scotland (the great undecided) cannot get straight facts from the BBC in order to make informed decisions.

Scotland really has become a subjugated state.
 
 
# DonaldMhor 2012-08-03 08:22
There is one easy way to fight back against the BBC. The BBC in Scotland are in breach of their charter therefore as an individual I have stopped my direct debit for the licence fee they extort from us, it is due in February. Two days after I stopped the DD I had three phone calls from the private company that collects this money for the BBC. Asking me why I had cancelled the DD. I simply refused to engage in any conversation with them. No doubt they will be back to me in February again. I am however quite prepared to go to prison as a protest. I am trying to encourage others to take part in a mass civil disobedience protest by with holding the licence fee. Lets see them put several thousand in the dock.FIGHT BACK, BOYCOTT THE BBC.
 
 
# alexmc8275 2012-08-03 09:15
Exactly Donald, I have stopped paying also and anytime they come to the door I just won't tell them my name. I like yourself would love them to take me to court, they might lock me up for 30 days or so, but I will do my best to bust their impartiality myth at any trial, and I think I will be demanding my right to a jury trial. I have been saving all the bbc bias stories on my pc so I can have a good dash at showing they have breached their charter.
 
 
# John Lyons 2012-08-03 10:05
Why go to jail? Getrid of your Telly and watch everything on your PC. No licence required, so long as you don't watch anything live...
 
 
# Lintie 2012-08-03 20:47
Alex, I don't know that there is anything we can do about BBC bias. They already know about our complaints and have done nothing. Their London bosses issue "guidelines" and still it continues. They could do a lot of damage to the independence cause before Autumn 2012. One thing I am certain about, come independence, the BBC must be REMOVED from Scotland; lock, stock and staff. When we win independence they will suddenly change tack and (having lost the argument) become very pro-Scotland. It will all have been a big mistake and they really love the skirl o' the kilt and the tangle o' the pipes. All shite. Having lost Scotland for Westminster, they will try to hold onto the Scottish licence payer. We must NOT ask them to leave, we must THROW THEM OUT – PUBLICLY – explaining the grounds for their expulsion.
 
 
# Marga B 2012-08-03 08:27
Is this true, Newsnet, that only the Scottish overseas broadcasts are grounded, not Welsh or N. Irish? After the Scottish blog blocking scandal, this is proof of an agenda with Scotland, that they refuse to address, but - hey - now they launch an enquiry into impartiality!

As people have said, lovies investigating lovies, and the apparently serenly uninterrupted hiring in Glasgow of Labour party activists, past and present, make whatever "investigation" useless.

Also while Scottish newspapers are what they are, there is a 100% excuse for biased reporting, as it seems from this Bridcot report that the BBC reserves the right to define "impartiality" depending on the climate.

The one single thing they could do to enhance impartiality would be to externalise their convuluted and secretive complaints service. As things stand, they are so far up their own corporate backside that they wouldn't know reality if they very accidently tripped over it, never mind responding to it impartially.

Edit:

Edinburgh TV Festival, 23 - 25 August 2012

The whole truth and nothing but the truth behind the scenes of the 38th annual TV Festival.
 
 
# Clydebuilt 2012-08-03 14:50
Quoting Marga B:
Edinburgh TV Festival, 23 - 25 August 2012

The whole truth and nothing but the truth behind the scenes of the 38th annual TV Festival.


Marga B are you calling for a demo at the Edinburgh Telly Festival
 
 
# Marga B 2012-08-03 16:27
I'd like to but I don't think I'll be around unfortunately. It would certainly be a good idea.

For all the sepulchral silence it seems the BBC is taking more than a keen interest in this criticism at street level. This really hits them where it hurts, and one day, another medium will cover it. What better occasion?

Finally while the BBC as it seems reserves the right to proclaim what "independence" is and has no outside vetting there's nothing to be done, and certainly no benefit in expensive old-boy type reports.
 
 
# Blanco 2012-08-03 08:38
2. ... the audience itself will often be a factor in determining impartiality.
Am I the only one reading this as 'if Middle England think we're doing all right, then we're doing all right.'

Or am I just hopelessly partial...
 
 
# fittie 2012-08-03 08:45
There was an example last night on newsnicht ,when Pete Wishart was making a point the camera showed the negative reaction of Brian Wilson .--this old trick has been used by BBC Scotland many times
 
 
# Robabody 2012-08-04 18:36
Ahhh, Brian Wilson, the Howard Shibshaw of Scottish life only in this case Marina is the Nuclear industry paymaster. Mind you, acording to wiki other people imagine him to be useful:-
"a Visiting Professor in Media and Government at Glasgow Caledonian University. In September 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of the Highlands and Islands. Since May 2009, he has been chair of Britain's Energy Coast, the economic development agency for West Cumbria".

West Cumbia? Who lives there I wonder?

Aw well, another firebrand bought and paid for. But wait, did Gordon Brown not have a walk on part at GCU? Oh well, nuff said.
 
 
# oldnat 2012-08-04 18:50
West Cumbria?

Lots of people live there, and it's a great part of the world.

As my ex-MP, however, Brian Wilson could only merit the description "great" if combined with words that the mods would immediately (well, at least when one is on duty) would delete.
 
 
# Robabody 2012-08-04 20:55
Indeed and indeed. Pity about that rather large leaky, poluting place down the coast.

You've had it rough having BW as an MP ON, and I sypathise, as I've had Rifkind, Darling AND Ian Gray. Is that whist? ;=))
 
 
# oldnat 2012-08-04 20:59
OK. You win (or rather lose).
 
 
# Robabody 2012-08-04 22:50
Ha, Ha, as father Dougal would have put it - "ah you're right there Ted"
 
 
# hiorta 2012-08-03 09:00
The only cure for British Bias in broadcasting is an Independent, Scottish run service. Window-dressing will not deliver this vital component in our struggle for Independence.

According to the intro, the BBC values its own 'Independence' but wilfully denies the same principle to Scots.

When the BBC undertakes and delivers an 'impartial' and thorough investigation into the clear contradictions surrounding the 'suicide' of Willie Macrae, perhaps some credibility in this Unionist organisation might return.
 
 
# Davy 2012-08-03 15:18
aye hiorta your right, an independent Scottish broadcaster fully funded by the Scottish Nation would be the way forward.

But until we have independence it will not happen. So lets make sure its one of the first things an independent Scotland does, with all the present funding for the BBBC raised Scotland going directly to this broadcaster. And watch the BBBC squirm.
 
 
# UpSpake 2012-08-03 09:02
Newsnight Scotland is another 'program' I have stopped watching in its predictable dumbing down of debate and the endless scenes of Prof Curtice pontificating on fatuous polls. Had enough. Brewer et al are tiresome. Isobel Fraser soemtimes rises above the murk but not ofen enough for me.
The standard of debate and the quality of the interviewees is poor and of-course there is always the SNP rep on video link ????. Utter nonsense.
 
 
# border reiver 2012-08-03 09:25
The BBC has a huge responsibility to report impartially particulary on issues like the referendum as when it is all over one side or the other may feel cheated. The fact that they are not allowing comment on the Scottish issues speaks volumes and must be reconnected immediatly as not allowing people their views gives the BBC an opportunity to spout whatever bile they like without any form of debate. My guess is that the results of this consultation will be whitewashed or delayed until after the referendum
perhaps this link is part of the BB reporers handbook
www.whale.to/m/disin.html
 
 
# Indy_Scot 2012-08-03 09:27
Forgive me if I don’t hold my breath.
 
 
# mealer 2012-08-03 09:34
Its right that we do what we can to expose bias in the media,but it will have limited effect.As the YES campaign realises,we will only win the referendum if we,all of us,bypass the media and take the facts to the people.By word of mouth.A wee bit every day.
 
 
# xyz 2012-08-03 09:53
BBC anti-independence propaganda is 24/7 .. how is it possible to combat that with the occasional truth.
 
 
# Jake62 2012-08-03 09:59
The foreword of the 2007 report open's with: "Impartiality has always been (together with independence) the BBC’s defining quality."

In the light of the BBCs undoubted bias over the last year or so, should that not now be phrased 'together with separation' ?
 
 
# RTP 2012-08-03 10:19
TRUST,
Not a word I would associate with the BBC that is all I have to say.
 
 
# exel 2012-08-03 10:22
Maybe the attention to Scottish opinion could be improved by public debate?

Even the BBC would not ignore the opinions of the public expressed in a public forum.

I cannot afford to fund public meetings, but I am sure cash rich parties like the SNP can.
 
 
# pa_broon74 2012-08-03 12:57
Trouble with that is, the meetings will no longer be seen as being impartial. The BBC would waste no time in pointing out the meetings were SNP-funded.

Being able to find someone who is truly undecided who would fund or organise such a public forum I tihnk would be difficult.

I rule myself out because I have no money and have already made my mind up. The irony of course is, it should be the BBC doing it.

:-/
 
 
# beaty1961 2012-08-03 10:25
You know it's a bit of an old tired chestnut. But that's just because a lot of Scots seem to accept that 'that's how it is'...

I have always found it unbelievable that we PAY (a licence fee) for the privilege of being insulted on a regular basis by the London-centric nature of the BBC.

Who else does that?

Funnily enough the current Olympics have highlighted some of the 'moans' we have. But worse in my mind is the BBC presenters who find it hard to disguise their irritation when a Scot points out the whole 'Scots being British when they are winning' issue.

So there's a history of that impatience with the whole 'Scottish problem' with the BBC. They see everything through London coloured glasses and there is no sub-delineation between the various home nations.

But why they do this is a bit more of a mysterious question. Obviously there is the fact that BBC services emanating from London the programming staff are in the majority English (and on top of the Southerners) so - in effect - these people cannot help themselves when they make a faux pas regrading nationality.

But if you believe there is a concerted effort at the top to discriminate - why would that be so. The BBC seem to be equally mistrusted by the Westminster Left and Right...

Is the answer that if Scotland becomes separate the BBC is worried about losing all that revenue (presuming we also opt out of the licence fee in an independent Scotland). This must be a big concern.
 
 
# John Lyons 2012-08-03 10:32
I'm not sure if this will do any good. AM I the only person who notes the reviewer is strongly associated with the BBCs main rival?

Prebble. - In conclusion I find that the BBC IS Biased.

BBC - Well, you would say that wouldn't you!

Waste of time and effort......
 
 
# cuckooshoe 2012-08-04 03:36
Quoting John Lyons:
I'm not sure if this will do any good. AM I the only person who notes the reviewer is strongly associated with the BBCs main rival?

Prebble. - In conclusion I find that the BBC IS Biased.

BBC - Well, you would say that wouldn't you!

Waste of time and effort......


he who pays the piper calls the tune
 
 
# GrassyKnollington 2012-08-03 10:44
Excellent news bring out the Labour election victory chamapagne.


Quote:
In May 2007 in a discussion on the tenth anniversary of the Labour Party gaining power in the United Kingdom Garvey unwittingly revealed an apparent pro-Labour bias at the BBC. Garvey reminisced how in the morning after the general election "the corridors of Broadcasting House were strewn with empty champagne bottles - I will always remember that", though adding that the BBC had "perhaps fallen out of love with Labour" in more recent years.
 
 
# Caadfael 2012-08-03 11:15
O/T
I note that the Courier has no comments boxes this week, are they too busy with the Olys, or has the "comments guy" gone on holiday or are they simply asleep at the wheel?
Whatever it is, they're doing themselves no favours by failing their public!
 
 
# Vronsky 2012-08-03 11:26
BBC bias is much more extensive and much more dangerous than its attitude to Scotland.

medialens.org/.../...
 
 
# Gogoh 2012-08-03 13:31
Good reminder of a disgraceful episode in the decline of a once great broadcaster. The BBC is now about opiating the people, mainly with sport and 21st century glossiness: they spend humungous amounts of cash on blockbusting TV movies for children of all ages with little content while giving us the news they have decided we're fit to know. I've cancelled my licence.
 
 
# ButeHouse 2012-08-03 12:25
If the current BBC is a result of the 2007's 12 guiding principles following that year's review then there isn't much point in having yet another review is there?

A mass non payment of the license fee as already stated is the only way forward, i.e. MONEY TALKS......or in this case, the sudden lack of it.

However such a protest would need to be organised from the top. Meanwhile we should support any other anti BBC bias protests at Pacific Quay. They have the potential to be very effective if the date is chosen wisely and sufficient period of time is allowed to publicise it.

With the help of Equinox TV it will only be a matter of time before the demos make the UK news.

VOTE YES in 2014
 
 
# Breeks 2012-08-03 13:53
Two birds with one stone. - Pay your TV license fee to Equinox TV.
 
 
# Legerwood 2012-08-03 14:56
Hardly an 'independent' review. Since leaving ITV Mr Prebble has been making programmes for the BBC.
 
 
# Welsh Sion 2012-08-03 17:42
There's more to it than that, Legerwood:

www.storyvault.tv/.../

Note this key phrase from the above article:

"Stuart began his career as a BBC graduate journalist trainee and was an on and off-screen journalist for BBC News before moving to Granada."
 
 
# pistonbroke 2012-08-03 17:52
Our Demo's will continue ,if fact we have a programme of Demo's @ pacific quay and other BBC Studios that will become more frequent(at present ,every 2 month) ,the closer we get to Autumn 2014.
 
 
# spagan 2012-08-03 18:13
dailyrecord.co.uk/.../...
O/T - But the Daily Record editor must surely be on holiday???
"And all this from a Labour-led council – yes, a Labour-led council – who are fighting their own staff over claims for equal pay for women.
Truly, you couldn’t make it up."
 
 
# the wallace 2012-08-03 18:25
We should be asking outsde uk media outlets such as al jazzera etc,to ivestigate the supposedly behond reproach bbc about their politcal bias and total disdain of scotland and her people,we need to search for real journalists out there if any remain that is,this is a big story in the making if they are brave enough to investigate it.So i challenge any foreighn journos out there who might read this come oan then where are ye???.
 
 
# spagan 2012-08-03 18:43
And more from the DR ......
Darling and Murphy and Co will be looking for someone's scalp!

"SCOTTISH Labour are seen as out of touch and boring, according to a poll.
They were slated in a YouGov survey which asked 1029 people to pick three phrases that best apply to the party, led by Johann Lamont, left.
Only five per cent say Scottish Labour are trustworthy or have plenty of ideas.
However, 35 per cent believe they are out of touch, 29 per cent think they’re incompetent and 26 per cent say they’re boring"
 
 
# Diabloandco 2012-08-03 21:33
OT but yet another puerile attack on the SNP , the First Minister and
" cybernats" by that amazing journalist ,dedicated to truth , integrity and Britain - I give you Mr Cochrane and plead ,yet again , that none comment on his site .
 
 
# Macart 2012-08-04 04:04
I haven't commented there in months Diablo. The man is an overpaid troll with a byline. I've chucked commenting on Scotsman a while back, and never, ever on the Mail or Express. Every visit results in hits/publicity and or cash for these creatures. Show no support and help bin those rags which peddle distortion and civic division.
 
 
# Angus 2012-08-03 23:41
Independent review! Wow.
The British are famous for reviews and enquiries that find in favour of the British state.
John Stalker comes to mind, he was soon discredited when the results didnt meet with British government approval.
 
 
# whitburnsfinest 2012-08-04 12:34
"Impartiality has always been (together with independence) the BBC’s defining quality"

Sorry BBC, what's that? INDEPENDENCE?

Ah. I'll just leave that thought out there, shall I.....?
 
 
# G. Campbell 2012-08-04 17:04
Increased cash for English football; cutbacks for the Scots.

zenon @zenon2009
@bbcsportsound, Why are you not doing online commentaries anymore?, one commentary to choose from on a Saturday is not enough for me.

BBC Sportsound @bbcsportsound
For those asking we will have one featured SPL commentary on Saturdays at 3pm this season which will be on 810MW, digital and online.

Iain Hepburn @iainmhepburn
So no live online coverage and only one live game on a Saturday. BBC Scotland now devolving to Sportsound circa 1994.

BBC Sportsound @bbcsportsound
Due to the success of Open All Mics and audience figures means we are concentrating resources where our audiences are.

Fraser McGlashan @WeeFrah
@bbcsportsound Disgusting, and a major step back. Once more the BBC disappoints. We can look forward to infinute coverage of Celtic now >:-(
 
 
# Independista 2012-08-04 21:01
A bit off topic but relevant none the less is the whole showing of "The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil" Made in 1974, it lasts an hour and a half. Younger bloggers may not have seen it but if you haven't it is a MUST viewing, even if only to see Alec Norton and Bill Paterson as youngsters. The programme was made in 1974. Powerful, political and very topical today.

www.youtube.com/.../
 
 
# 1scot 2012-08-05 07:02
Stuart Prebble should be asked to investigate STV. I find them just as anti Scotland, SNP and independence as the BBC.
 

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