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By Andrew Barr
 
BBC director-general Mark Thompson and BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie have admitted to the Scottish Parliament’s culture committee that job cuts at BBC Scotland will be necessary in order to meet their goal of finding 16% savings.
 
However both men denied that quality would be impacted and instead insisted that depth of coverage would be maintained over the short term and even increased as the 2014 referendum approached.

The BBC director-general told a Holyrood Committee that audience satisfaction was growing in Scotland and cited programmes like Reporting Scotland as examples of excellent impartial journalism, adding: “Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”

Mr Thompson admitted that no plans were being made for broadcasting services post-independence, saying the BBC did not want to take part in “scenario planning”.

Labour's Neil Findlay questioned the BBC’s lack of planning for independence, saying: "I'm quite astonished that there hasn't been any discussion with such a significant institution in the life of Scotland as to what the future of broadcasting and public service broadcasting might be should there be constitutional change."

The primary focus of the committee, however, was to establish the reasoning behind and the objections to cuts in BBC Scotland coverage.

Earlier this month, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said she had "grave reservations" about the potential impact of BBC cuts in Scotland, but Mr Thompson has given his assurances that reductions may be revised if there are public concerns about a drop in broadcasting quality.

Mr Thompson insisted that coverage of the independence referendum was “of immense interest and importance”, telling the committee:

"To me, it's a massive Scottish event and a massive UK event.  It goes to the heart of the destiny of Scotland as a nation and it goes to the heart of the destiny of the United Kingdom and will be of very considerable interest to our audiences across the UK and around the world.

"This is one of the biggest things the BBC will ever do anywhere - it's a story of immense interest and importance."

Mr Thompson went on to say: "One of the issues that we're working through right now is the obvious point, which is that we're going to need the right level of journalistic effort, both in Scotland and at UK level, and we want to make sure we're thinking about that carefully now, as we're making staff reductions, so we don't end up, as it were, having to re-hire people for this very big event.

"It will be one of the largest domestic stories the BBC has covered in recent years and will be properly resourced.”

However, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine suggested that commitment to quality in Scottish broadcasting was inconsistent with broadcasting cuts, telling Mark Thompson:

“You said that you place a great deal of value on listening to your audience.  Last year the BBC’s audience council for Scotland reported that audiences here want more not less Scottish news, and they want deeper analysis in the coverage.  But you’re cutting the news and current affairs budget in Scotland by 16 per cent over the next five years.”

Mr Thompson insisted that Scots would indeed receive better coverage of events, to which Ms McAlpine replied: “They’re going to get it by spending less money?”

Ms McAlpine also questioned the reasons for English regional radio suffering far less cuts than Radio Scotland and suggested that this was an example of inconsistency.

Ken MacQuarrie, BBC Scotland director, claimed that the broadcaster’s priority was “connecting the people of Scotland to each other, to the wider UK and to the rest of the world,” adding that coverage “will be authoritative, responsible and balanced”.

Pressed by a representative from the National Union of Journalists, who was concerned about quality of news coverage on Radio Scotland, Mr MacQuarrie was forced to concede that BBC Scotland were using trailers for TV programmes and passing them off as news on Radio Scotland.

Mr MacQuarrie also defended a decision to allow a whole Newsnight Scotland programme to be dominated by a discussion of an earlier BBC Scotland documentary on Glasgow Rangers, despite Welfare Reform having been the subject of an important debate that same day in the Scottish Parliament.

Further questioning by Marco Biagi MSP saw Ken MacQuarrie admit that a viewer watching BBC coverage in Scotland would hear more about the rest of the United Kingdom than about Scotland.  Mr Biagi suggested that, in an ideal world, that scenario would be reversed for “education and participation” in Scottish democracy.

Mr Biagi went on to add that a lot of the UK reporting is “redundant” in terms of Scottish public interest.

The committee was told that the BBC currently collects £300m in Scottish licence fee money, with £200m of that being allocated and distributed between Scottish services.  The remaining £100m is Scotland’s contribution to network television and overage of events such as the World Cup or London 2012.

The impact of the BBC in political reporting and in influencing debate whilst still hugely significant, is not exclusive.  In the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014, it has been predicted that the internet and social media may have a greater role to play for political activism. 

Findings this week suggest that Scots use social networking more than anybody else in the UK.

Dr Eamonn O'Neill, social media expert and journalism lecturer at Strathclyde University in Glasgow said the statistics “indicate Scots are far more engaged with news and current affairs sites than anywhere else in the UK.”

He added: "This isn't really a shock, because Scotland has historically always been a politically engaged society and likes to talk to itself about itself.”

Comments  

 
# Marga B 2012-05-29 22:36
"reductions may be revised if there are public concerns about a drop in broadcasting quality" Whit?
 
 
# Exile 2012-05-30 08:03
Marga, I had the same response to the following bit:

"Earlier this month, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said she had "grave reservations" about the potential impact of BBC cuts in Scotland."

Does Fiona Hyslop live in the same parallel universe as Mark Thompson, with his ludicrous assertion: "Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland."?

Cut the lot and good riddance!
 
 
# hafpipe 2012-05-29 22:39
“Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”

What a load of rubbish! Have you ever heard such a load of lies!!! They're really talking out of their backsides.
 
 
# cjmasta 2012-05-29 22:52
This is something the BBC do, they repeat and repeat over and over how trusted and impartial they are until it sinks into the masses inner brains.
I say prove it Mark Thompson, The BBC are actually quite a secretive organisation as they refuse to release figures regarding complaints concerning bias in Scotland for example.
Don`t come up here to Scotchland thinking you can say any old crap and the natives will just lap it up.
Maybe he came up to rub the insult that is the BBC in our faces.
 
 
# D_A_N 2012-05-30 09:56
Hey. Do you know any articles stating the BBC's secrecy on complaints?

thanks
 
 
# proudscot 2012-05-30 12:43
Quoting hafpipe:
“Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”

What a load of rubbish! Have you ever heard such a load of lies!!! They're really talking out of their backsides.


They probably polled their own staff within Pathetic Quay to achieve this fantasy-land result.
 
 
# hiorta 2012-05-29 22:40
""“Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”""

To be fair, BBC Scotland are excellent - at comedy.
 
 
# Aplinal 2012-05-29 22:41
Quote:
The BBC director-general told a Holyrood Committee that audience satisfaction was growing in Scotland and cited programmes like Reporting Scotland as examples of excellent impartial journalism, adding: “Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”


Whit?? Which universe do these people inhabit?
 
 
# Macart 2012-05-30 01:49
Still no mention of the protest then?
 
 
# maxstafford 2012-05-29 23:06
The BBC director-general told a Holyrood Committee that audience satisfaction was growing in Scotland and cited programmes like Reporting Scotland as examples of excellent impartial journalism, adding: “Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”

I was waiting for the bit announcing "The biggest grain harvest ever" and "The tractor factory has smashed all production records".

What a deluded shower of eejits, we'd be well shot of them.
 
 
# ButeHouse 2012-05-29 23:09
Mr Thompson said: "It will be one of the largest domestic stories the BBC has covered in recent years and will be properly resourced.”

One of the largest domestic stories in recent years? What's bigger than or equal to the break up of the UK?

And why didn't the committee challenge or even mention the bias shown nightly by BBC Scotland as highlighted by hundreds of Nationalists in online posts.

That would be one way of getting the news to a wider audience. Simple question. Can ALL the cybernats be wrong?

VOTE YES in 2014
 
 
# Ben Power 2012-05-29 23:24
quoting above; "Mr Thompson insisted that coverage of the independence referendum was “of immense interest and importance”"

You bet Independence is important to them and their world influence.
Scotland leaving the UK would also have the knock on effect of hugely diminishing UK and BBC prestige world wide and the self image of the BBC controlling hierarchy.

Any wonder they are so anti Independence, they are staring down the barrel of losing their prestige and self image.

It is a good thing Scots use Internet news and social networking heavily.
 
 
# Legerwood 2012-05-29 23:30
When these BBC executives were making claims about the referendum coverage and hoiw important it was as an event for Scotland and the UK as a whole did no one think to ask why, if that was truly the case, they had stopped all comment on the political and business blogs on BBC Scotland?

And did no one think to ask why the output from the likes of Brian Taylor is almost non-existent?
 
 
# Exile 2012-05-30 08:06
Perhaps there's some initiation ceremony on becoming an MSP where you have your spine removed.
 
 
# proudscot 2012-05-30 12:49
Quoting Exile:
Perhaps there's some initiation ceremony on becoming an MSP where you have your spine removed.


Reminds me of a quote about the House of Commons some years ago, along the lines of - "a shiver ran through the House, looking for a spine to run up!"
 
 
# xyz 2012-05-29 23:34
I object strongly to subsidising the London operation.

I further object to being subjected to pro union propaganda all day every day on the BBC news channel. The BBC is not impartial and the Scottish operation is not high quality.

BBC Scotland people like MacQuarrie should make no plans to continue at BBC Scotland after independence because we will have NO NEED for pro union propaganda, and low quality broadcasting drivel.
 
 
# Barontorc 2012-05-30 00:35
It makes you wonder why we are playing this silly game with these characters.

Tell them to take their BBC and shove it.

Despite the potential for doing so much good as an impartial public broadcaster, the BBC is an enormous let-down in Scottish terms.
 
 
# Old Smokey 2012-05-30 00:45
Talking of assets and the division of.
When it comes to the BBC, it will be quite interesting. Most people thnik of the BBC as what they sometimes view on the tv or listen to on the radio. Scotland will be entitled to around about 8% of ALL BBC assets. In raw terms, the national and international broadcaster is worth a few billion. But Scots will also be entitled to a slice of all of te BBC overseas operations, including that of the lucrative and highly profitable BBC America,Inc.

Its litle wonder therefore that the luvvies in the BBC will fight tooth and manicured nail to prevent the demise of the UK and themselves
 
 
# Old Smokey 2012-05-30 00:49
Just in case you wondered about the BBC abroad, you may like to look at this :
www.bbcworldwide.com/.../
and as you will see at the bottom of that page thay also own a chunk of the famous travel magazine 'Lonely Planet'
www.lonelyplanet.com/about/
 
 
# Angry_Weegie 2012-05-30 09:29
Quoting Old Smokey:
and as you will see at the bottom of that page thay also own a chunk of the famous travel magazine 'Lonely Planet'
www.lonelyplanet.com/about/


A big chunk, 100%
 
 
# SHANGHAI SCOT 2012-05-30 01:44
Just had a read at AC's take on the hearings in the Telegraph, he was blasted in the comments forum, have a look,and chuckle, brightened up my morning as it is cats and dogs weather in Shanghai and nae taxis to be had on the streets, they dissolve in the rain.
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-05-30 02:25
Why do we need a public service broadcaster? We have a pretendy one now which does not reflect the views of the majority of people in Scotland, so I say, after Independence, tell them they've got to get investors or they can go stay wi' their pals over the border.

Instead their studios can be used by film makers and performing arts in Scotland, rather than carrying on the drivel that comes out of the EBC now.

they're smug, beligerent when critisised, and will not admit fault.

I keep repeating, but I believe it's worth doing so, Sky, STV etc can be as biased as they want. I can choose whether or not I pay to watch their output. Although I dont watch the English Broadcasters, I have to pay for their output, whether I like it or not.

I dont like, so lets get rid
 
 
# clootie 2012-05-30 03:27
EQ
Hear, Hear!
 
 
# Macart 2012-05-30 05:20
I'm definitely coming round to that way of thinking myself EQ.
 
 
# Aplinal 2012-05-30 06:16
Before we lose track here, let's remember why these BBC bods were here - to answer a Holyrood Committee. I noticed Joan MacAlpine's name, who else was on this committee, who chaired it, and WHY in god's name weren't the BBC challenged BY OUR REPRESENTATIVES .

I can to some extend 'forgive' the BBC. This is their default position (everything is "wonderful") but what on earth were the committee members dong? Why was this absurd stance by the BBC not challenged forcefully?

A missed opportunity.
 
 
# Exile 2012-05-30 08:09
See comment above about spine removal on becoming an MSP. I can think of no other explanation.
 
 
# EphemeralDeception 2012-05-30 06:52
I sent an Email to our culture minister a few weeks ago, complaining about bias and partiality of BBC news in Scotland. I mentioned closure of the blogs as an example while other uk blogs remain open.

Below is the reply:

22 May 2012

Thank you for your email of 19 April to Fiona Hylsop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and
External Affairs regarding your concern that the BBC in Scotland is providing a partial news
and information service especially where matters of Scottish interest are concerned. I have
been asked to reply on her behalf.
The Scottish Government places great importance on clear and accurate reporting in News,
particularly in relation to national debate leading to the referendum. Ministers do meet with
senior BBC representatives on a regular basis and make this view clear.
You may find of interest the following news release by Ms Hyslop which was released in the
latter part of 2011 scotland.gov.uk/.../06125525. Also, in
the Scottish Government’s response last year to the BBC's Delivering Quality First
consultation on how the BBC will manage its budget cuts, Ministers emphasised the
importance of impartial and accurate reporting.
Yours sincerely
Andrew Degnan
Culture Division

========================

So, essentially the SNP politicians are challenging the BBC on news coverage but not on bias. If the SNP Gov will not even challenge them is it any wonder our protests and emails are ignored?

"emphasised the
importance of impartial and accurate reporting." A child knows this, the BBC know this, I don't expect the Gov to remind this, I expect them to confront the BBC. I expect them to demand visible change AND more importantly inform the public that they find this action necessary to increase public awareness.

Clearly, the BBC is going to have an unchallenged free hand in news coverage, news quality, slant, level of debate etc etc up until the referendum.

For those that are SNP members (I am not) I can only suggest that you challenge them that they are not taking BBC bias seriously enough.
 
 
# DonaldMhor 2012-05-30 09:28
Quoting EphemeralDecept ion:
I sent an Email to our culture minister a few weeks ago, complaining about bias and partiality of BBC news in Scotland. I mentioned closure of the blogs as an example while other uk blogs remain open.

Below is the reply:

22 May 2012

Thank you for your email of 19 April to Fiona Hylsop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and
External Affairs regarding your concern that the BBC in Scotland is providing a partial news
and information service especially where matters of Scottish interest are concerned. I have
been asked to reply on her behalf.
The Scottish Government places great importance on clear and accurate reporting in News,
particularly in relation to national debate leading to the referendum. Ministers do meet with
senior BBC representatives on a regular basis and make this view clear.
You may find of interest the following news release by Ms Hyslop which was released in the
latter part of 2011 scotland.gov.uk/.../06125525. Also, in
the Scottish Government’s response last year to the BBC's Delivering Quality First
consultation on how the BBC will manage its budget cuts, Ministers emphasised the
importance of impartial and accurate reporting.
Yours sincerely
Andrew Degnan
Culture Division

========================

So, essentially the SNP politicians are challenging the BBC on news coverage but not on bias. If the SNP Gov will not even challenge them is it any wonder our protests and emails are ignored?

"emphasised the
importance of impartial and accurate reporting." A child knows this, the BBC know this, I don't expect the Gov to remind this, I expect them to confront the BBC. I expect them to demand visible change AND more importantly inform the public that they find this action necessary to increase public awareness.

Clearly, the BBC is going to have an unchallenged free hand in news coverage, news quality, slant, level of debate etc etc up until the referendum.

For those that are SNP members (I am not) I can only suggest that you challenge them that they are not taking BBC bias seriously enough.



Letter to ministers are it seems filtered by the skivvies, ministers are not to be troubled with actual letters or communications from the plebs they are far to grand for that. They are allowed to waft around in their teflon bubbles totally indifferent to us plebs who they plead with for their votes pre election. I had exactly the same response to a file I sent to Nicola Sturgeon of complaints sent in regarding my treatment in the local hospital. Known locally as "Scotbeef." In fact the skivve that replied haughtily informed me that Nicola has no powers to act against hospitals and that their is well established proceedings to partake in. The gloss is coming of the SNP as far as I am concerned.
 
 
# mealer 2012-05-30 07:10
ephemeraldecept ion,
the reason the SNP dont take a harder line with the BBC is because after studying the issue carefully they have concluded that to do so,at the moment,would have a detrimental effect on the independence campaign.
 
 
# EphemeralDeception 2012-05-30 07:30
I can understand that position, though I do not know if this is your own opinion or the current stance of the SNP?

Myself, I disagree. The SNP do not need to make an all-out attack. However increasing public awareness is important and closing the blogs is a good example as it impacts all sides in the referendum debate.

Secondly I don't see why challenging the BBC nearer the referendum date would be less detrimental? I guess they are hoping that the BBC make an overtly biased news event or items at some time? Some hope.
 
 
# Exile 2012-05-30 08:11
ED

Isn't much of what they produce now already overtly biased. How overt does it have to get?
 
 
# Jim1320 2012-05-30 08:58
The Tories have also tilted at this windmill several times down in London. It has tended to look like sour grapes so the SNP are right to play it canny.
 
 
# The_Duke 2012-05-30 07:22
It is a scandalous state of affairs at the moment, but in all truth, there is probably very little that can be done.

The shinning light that I hope for is come closer to the referendum, that all the major world news networks will be based here in Scotland for the run in.... thus keeping our beloved state broadcaster in check. We all know how it loves to be seen in the eyes of the world!
 
 
# Fungus 2012-05-30 07:39
Quote:
trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”


I was there last Saturday. Didn't see McQuarrie though.
 
 
# Exile 2012-05-30 08:15
When I think of the BBC, which is thankfully not very often these days, as I'm only in Scotland and exposed directly to it for a few days each year (apart from the appalling Weld Sehvice), I'm reminded of the Frank Zappa song 'The Slime': "I'm the slime oozing out of your TV set."

The BBC has always been foul. It needs to be closed own one way or another.
 
 
# Ready to Start 2012-05-30 08:23
Why can't we access the more important oil and gas story?
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-05-30 08:43
I've just tried to access it too. Very strange. What's going on NNS?
 
 
# H Scott 2012-05-30 08:43
The BBC director-general 'cited programmes like Reporting Scotland as examples of excellent impartial journalism'

Either he is woefully deluded or is taking the p***.
 
 
# Saporian 2012-05-30 08:57
He's taking the p**s.
 
 
# Jim1320 2012-05-30 08:56
BBC executives in "middle aged, middle class, over-paid, overweight, complacent" Shock Horror!

Who would have thunk it.

If the BBC management do not conduct risk assessments and scenario planning then they are also incompetent.
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-05-30 13:36
And likely overwhelmingly male
 
 
# silvermcg 2012-05-30 08:57
Agreed,also cannot access oil and gas story:
 
 
# Gaavster 2012-05-30 09:15
Thinking of the hatchet job that the BBC did on Tommy Sheridan, this might stick in a few craws in Pacific Quay

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

Andy Coulson arrested by Strathclyde's finest accused of perjury
 
 
# Jim1320 2012-05-30 09:29
The BBC does not have a plan B to cover the independence vote being a Yes. No wonder they are so anti!
 
 
# DonaldMhor 2012-05-30 09:31
"Mr Thompson insisted that coverage of the independence referendum was “of immense interest and importance”"

And yet is it seen fit to close all comments on the political blogs, something totally unique to Scotland in the UK and proof that Scotland is discriminated against by the BBC, politically. And not one question on that from the committee?

"Dr Eamonn O'Neill, social media expert and journalism lecturer at Strathclyde University in Glasgow said the statistics “indicate Scots are far more engaged with news and current affairs sites than anywhere else in the UK.”

He added: "This isn't really a shock, because Scotland has historically always been a politically engaged society and likes to talk to itself about itself.”

Except that you will not be allowed to air your opinions on the BBC Scotland political blogs at a time of such historical and cultural change. BBC Scotland are a bloody disgrace and the committee should have had the guts to tell them so. It really is time that the SNP grew a pair.
 
 
# MacSenex 2012-05-30 09:34
It appears that SNP members of this committee failed to ask the incisive questions.

There are ways of questioning which do not have to appear partisan.

In this instance it looks as if the SNP msps had done little or no homework beforehand or had any coherent plan of attack.
 
 
# DonaldMhor 2012-05-30 09:35
Apparently we now have a "private area" on this site and I am not allowed in. Is this a technical hitch or are we now seeing the establishment of another elite? The Oil and Gas article might be of interest to me an I would quite like to read it thanks!
 
 
# Jim1320 2012-05-30 09:39
Looks like a straight forward technical hitch to me.
 
 
# Barbazenzero 2012-05-30 10:18
Looks like someone has simply linked to the test area on from the front page.

If you examine the URL which gives the 403 error, you'll see it includes the text
/article-test/
now fixed
 
 
# edinburgh quine 2012-05-30 13:38
Him outdoors is a mod and apparently there was just finger problems. The article shouldn't have been put up until some of the facts were checked
 
 
# Dundonian West 2012-05-30 10:28
TIME Magazine Global Spin blog still uploading comments re their slightly skewed independence article.
globalspin.blogs.time.com/.../...
Please pass on if you can.Thanks.
Isn't it amazing? Unlike our own dearly beloved BBC Scotland where comments are NOT permitted.
 
 
# westie7 2012-05-30 11:23
Yup done my bit on there
 
 
# Dundonian West 2012-05-30 12:21
Well done westie.Thanks.All we can do is spread the word re BBC Scotland and independence worldwide---not just at home.
 
 
# Dundonian West 2012-05-30 11:27
BBC Nick Robinson Political Editor has 974 comments on his CORNISH PASTY VAT article.
bbc.co.uk/.../...
What do the people in Scotland have on politics----or anything for that matter?
NIL
The bosses/decision makers at BBC Scotland are a law unto themselves.
A national disgrace and an insult at any pretence to democracy.
 
 
# EdinScot 2012-05-30 12:06
The BBC director-general told a Holyrood Committee that audience satisfaction was growing in Scotland and cited programmes like Reporting Scotland as examples of excellent impartial journalism, adding: “Approval of the BBC and its services, trust in the BBC and its news, and the quality of its programs are all at historic highs in Scotland.”

Prove it then and do something you have failed to do up 'til now and make public your findings. What a load of guff spouted by the EBC. It seems its just an illusion that all of us here are venting our frustration with the imbedded bias that has become their trademark down at Pacific Quay. Boothman and McQuarrie are delusional in the extreme by citing 'Reporting Scotland' as an example of impartial journalism. Now i know they came to Edinburgh too early as the Fringe hasnt started yet. They really are taking the harry hiss.

What also stuns me more is that here you have the two main guys of this propagandist organisation sitting fielding questions at Holyrood, exactly where you want them and get this, not one MSP mentions the closing down of political blogs in Scotland thus preventing free speech as well as the disgraceful bias churned out daily to the population of Scotland who have to pay for the privelege!

It seems im living in a parallel universe from our public servants. This is not just about the unfair treatement of the SNP by the EBC. This is about the unfair treatment of all our democratic rights. Its often said, a country is measured by how they treat its popluation. Well that not one MSP puts our needs first tells us all we need to know.

Its time for another protest against this organisation. What are we waiting for?
 
 
# Islegard 2012-05-30 12:43
"The BBC director-general told a Holyrood Committee that audience satisfaction was growing in Scotland and cited programmes like Reporting Scotland as examples of excellent impartial journalism."

What and no one chose to ask how they can state "that audience satisfaction was growing in Scotland" when complaints are rife and demonstrations are taking place against them.

"Programmes like Reporting Scotland as examples of excellent impartial journalism". We know this is a lie again why did no one hold them to task?
 
 
# rhymer 2012-05-30 14:21
"confidence" ???
"trust" ???
Who is the BBC kidding ?
In over six years I have NEVER received a straight answer or
a positive response to getting the number of Scottish complaints regarding specific programmes or broadcasted comments.
....and yeah, sure, they will spend less money, have less staff but still create better programmes. What a load of rubbish.
 
 
# EphemeralDeception 2012-05-30 18:34
Well in BBC speak "better" has its own interpretation.

For example, the rationale they had for closing down the Scottish blogs was to 'improve' the service.

I cannot fathom this line of thinking, but the BBC are law unto themselves, accountable to nobody. Infact as opposed to a Quango I think it should be called a Tango. A Totally autonomous non governmental body (or bureaucracy).

Having said all that, I would agree that if removing blogs improves the service and less staff and budget improves the programming... Then if we take this concept to its logical conclusion. The most improvement is to remove all bbc content and all funding, so no BBC Scotland at all. Where do I sign?
 
 
# Davy 2012-05-30 18:33
Vote yes 2014, then watch the BBC Scotland controllers change their tune, but by then hopefully a properly "impartial" state broadcaster will be on the cards for Scotland, and the current disgrace called the BBC will soon be forgotten.

Vote Scotland, Vote Yes.
 
 
# Caadfael 2012-05-31 09:35
Funny lot these beeb chappies, bet they keep a very close eye on us yet the very word Newsnetscotland is anathema to them!
Hope you're reading this ..
It is absolutely SHAMEFUL that we are not allowed to comment on politics and economics IN OUR OWN COUNTRY .. this is called REPRESSION Any comment containing the word"Newsnetscotland " is removed with some spurious, bullshit exuse. This is CENSORSHIP!
Both these practises MUST STOP, they are the actions of a TOTALITARIAN government.
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