By G.A.Ponsonby
A leading academic has criticised what he described as Reporting Scotland’s diet of “murders and football” in a debate over the future of the BBC in Scotland.
Professor Lindsay Paterson was speaking on BBC’s Newsnight Scotland on the role of the broadcaster following the scandal that has engulfed the corporation over failures in the UK Newsnight paedophile investigation.

The Edinburgh University academic was scathing of Reporting Scotland and gave as an example last Wednesday’s US election that saw the re-election of President Obama.

He said: “There has been a very surprising and sudden upsurge in US interest in the forthcoming referendum in Scotland.

“What we were desperately in need of on Wednesday night was an informed discussion from Washington about what the implications were of that election result for the future of Scotland and the US involvement in that.

“What we got was some murders and football, that’s parochialism at its worst.”

He also claimed that most outlets on BBC Scotland were offering an increasingly parochial output whilst London tended to ignore the devolved regions, which made it “almost impossible to have a proper democratic dialogue across these islands about the future of the constitution.”

Professor Paterson was joined by broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch who questioned why so much money was spent on the BBC whilst programming remained stale.

“If the BBC’s been given extra cash to do something extra then it has to bring so much more to the game.  It has to make this a sparkling, radiant, vital conversation with diversity that reflects the whole of Scotland and the best of us.”

“Otherwise, then we begin to wonder why is there a kind of reserved and protected amount of cash going to the BBC when everybody else is having difficulties doing that serious journalism.”

Media analyst, Robert Beveridge insisted that a more federal BBC was needed, whether Scots vote for independence or not.  "Decision making needs to be devolved" he said, and added "We need Devo Max for the BBC"

Mr Beveridge said that BBC Scotland should have control over all of the licence fee raised in Scotland, and also full control over schedules and be allowed to opt in to UK output rather than having to opt out.  Mr Beveridge said that the BBC had "fallen behind devolution".

Also critical was Professor David Hutchison of Glasgow Caledonia University who highlighted what he called the “catastrophic declines” in newspaper circulation and added that both STV and the BBC were, as a result, very, very important to the referendum debate.

He warned that the shoddy journalism now known to have occurred within the BBC over the Newsnight scandal could in fact be cited as proof of poor journalism and “shoddy standards” over reporting in Scotland in the run-up to 2014.

However Professor Hutchison claimed not all of BBC Scotland’s output was bad, and highlighted Derek Bateman’s Saturday morning Radio show as an example of excellent outward looking journalism.


[Newsnet comment - There is no doubt that improvements need to be made in the way BBC Scotland handles news and current affairs, and the studio discussion in the video above was a refreshing change.  Devolution of broadcasting powers would be a positive move, however equally important is a review of editorial decision making and the process used to decide which items are deemed worthy of high profile news coverage.

Yesterday saw several news stories published and broadcast by BBC Scotland that were quite clearly politically motivated.  They ranged from Labour claims that the SNP were anti-Aberdeen; more Unionist accusations that the referendum question was biased and similar claims that the Edinburgh Agreement could be legally challenged.

The evening ended with a quite outrageous Newsnight Scotland studio discussion that saw accusations levelled against Education Secretary Michael Russell with absoutely no evidence offered to back them up, with once again a Labour MSP at the helm.  A clearly angry college head, who had resigned after admitting making a secret recording of Mr Russell, was allowed free reign to make fantastic allegations, including one comment claiming that Scotland was now being run like Syria.

BBC Scotland must learn to differentiate between disgruntled former employees allied to politically motivated MSPs and real news - the two are not the same.]


# Al Ghaf 2012-11-14 00:17
The lack of self awareness of their second class status doesn't seem to register at Pacific Quay.

The media in Scotland should be an important enough topic without needing a scandal in London to act as the catalyst for discussion.
# Will C 2012-11-14 01:11
I watched the Newsnight Scotland and was shocked at the way Gordon Brewer allowed the ex head of Stow College free reign to attack Mike Russel. The ex head appeared angry, however his reference to Syria was politically motivated and it may well be that his resignation was not all that it seems. It would be interesting to know what the contractual terms of his departure are.
# Bobelix 2012-11-15 12:10
NEWSNET got it wrong first, so no blame to yourself,but it's "free rein" as in "not holding back the horse with your reins" NOT "free reign" which sounds like a type of absolute monarchy. This one is on the increase and is bidding fair to eclipse "definAtely", the previous mis-speller's favourite. I agree with the sentiments by the way, just not the spelling.
# isleofskye 2012-11-14 01:38
This evening's Newsnicht was shocking, especially after Lesley Riddoch's comments about being hopeful for a breath of fresh air - we wish. I really don't know how Stewart Maxwell managed to keep his cool. 

Anyone appearing after a high profile resignation in these circumstances has surely undermined their case. Better to be dignified and raise grievances through the proper channels.

But, in any case Gordon Brewer led the questions in such a partisan manner,  that there was hardly any need for Kirk Ramsay to be there. The whole interview sounded scripted, so maybe it's no wonder Brewer would not deviate by picking up on the 'spy pen' not 'smart pen' point from  Stewart Maxwell. 

And as for Hugh Hendry dropping in the EU legal advice jibe, he was so O/T it would have been joke, were it not for the highly offensive Syria comparison.

What a parcel of rogues right enough.
# ButeHouse 2012-11-14 02:43
Newsnight discussing the BBC in Scotland compared to the disgrace of tonight's Newsnight as an attempted hatchet job on Mike Russell was like chalk and cheese.

I have waited a long time for someone of note to highlight the pathetic obsession BBC Scotland news (and STV) have with murder and any other salacious court room drama and of course football.

I have used the word parochial many times in posts re the so called Scottish News. It makes us look like idiots.

Every university TV room in the country witnesses night after night a packed room almost empty as soon as the 'Scottish' News comes on, the REAL News having just finished.

Media analyst Robert Beveridge is absolutely right to call for Devo Max (at minimum)for BBC Scotland in order to raise its woeful profile. But we know it will take Independence before that happens.

# gus1940 2012-11-14 13:18
Don't forget their obsession with Fatal Accident Inquiries which often run for weeks being faithfully reported evry day with an account of the accident and Inquiry to date rammed down our throats every day.
# cardrossian 2012-11-14 06:52
I listen to BBC Scotland news early in the morning, because I am in the car. After that I ignore it, because I came to the conclusion a long time ago that the word 'impartiality' is not in the BBC lexicon. Nor do I like football. I can think of a few people though I might like murdered.

BBC chiefs should take note. We are not happy, so come the day.......
# Seagetagrip 2012-11-14 07:40
Surely the question which has to be asked is "Can the Scottish Public trust BBC Scotland to debate the argument for Scottish Independence fairly?"
The answer has to be a resounding "NO!"
I very much doubt that the discrepancies are due to a few disgruntled former employees . Rather, we have a State Broadcaster promoting the State propaganda which is anti Scottish Independence. Hardly surprising is it!
# Macart 2012-11-14 08:10
BBC North Britain, our state broadcaster.

That would be THE STATE broadcaster. Not only is there no Scottish Labour party (at the moment), there is of course no truly Scottish broadcaster. What we have is a state broadcaster who employs locals. We look at the Savile scandal, the newsnight paedophile debacle and somehow think that's different from the cause of our own broadcasting bias woes in Scotland. It isn't, it's one and the same. The BBC and the state are joined at the hip. The corruption and manipulation endemic within Westminster can be found within an ugly twin staring right at you in your living room every night.

Watch closely and you'll note how quickly the Savile inquiry will be resolved, newsnight forgotten and all forgiven. I'll give it less than a year from now. They'll need each other back on form for the referendum.
# Jim Johnston 2012-11-14 17:47
Hi Macart,
"I'll give it less than a year from now. They'll need each other back on form for the referendum."

If it takes Westminster more than one month to get the wheels
back on their No1 propaganda wagon my gast will be flabbered. They are far far more cunning than that Macart.

Westminster action plan :-
1st. Search for the guilty.
2nd. Blame and punnish the innocents.
3rd. Promote and reward the guilty.
Simple, job's done and Bob's your uncle.

Now where were we ?, oh yes, now,... get these pongo jocks back in their box before we have to bomb their airports or better still, show the buggers what Trident was born to do. That's the stuff !
# Macart 2012-11-14 21:29
The outcome will still be the same Jim, a month or a year it's a done deal already. Anyone who thinks the BBC are in any danger from an establishment inquiry is sadly mistaken. The only threat to the beeb comes from the license payer and that's where Westminster steps in to hold the line. Lots of noise and hoorah, throw a couple of names to the wolves and spookily the beeb will suddenly be deemed as pure as the driven snow once more.

They must think we came up the Clyde on a cracker.
# UpSpake 2012-11-14 08:12
Lesley Riddoch did her best to stress to the BBC that they were way behind the rest of us in their output. I could see whe was trying to get them to acknowledge new media and she almost had to hold herself back not to mention Newsnet. Good on you Lesley.
I can't imagine the BBC will bother with such an interview again, any day soon, too close to the bone for them.
# Seagetagrip 2012-11-14 08:28
The BBC Trust is headed up by a former Tory Cabinet Minister in the shape of Lord Patten.
Do we really expect him to provide fair even handed stewardship in the case of an Independence debate? And a Coo Flew past!
Somehow, the Scottish Public must be made aware of the situation as it really is.
# dadsarmy 2012-11-14 08:47
I totally agree. Before the Independence debate flared up again in January, I'd stopped watching BBC Reporting Scotland precisely because all it was, was football, courts, accused, guilty, murders, knife attacks, violence. And that was just the presenters.

I started watching again to check up on its political biases, but to be honest it's so bad I'd probably dozed off before any appears. I prefer STV.

BBC Scotland is totally unfit for purpose. I look forward to an SBC, and any current BBC Scotland employees should be vetted very carefully and probably mostly "let go".
# Marian 2012-11-14 08:57
The recent Newnight scandal that led to the resignation of George Entwistle because the BBC ran a pack of lies by way of a story is typical of what we see day by day about the SNP from the BBC's TV studios in Glasgow so why is it the people responsible there haven't been forced to resign too?

It seems to me that these people in the Glasgow studios are in a prime position to be toppled by exposing their bias and political affiliations to Labour in particular, so why isn't it being done?
# Seagetagrip 2012-11-14 09:06
A useful way of drawing attention to BBC Scotland bias is via BBC Scotlandshire who have produced a memo from Dimbleby this morning! I am technically unable to provide a link. If the Scottish Public were aware of such sites then the doubts would spread and provide a much needed laugh while doing so. More strength to their arm!
# X_Sticks 2012-11-14 09:37
Link to BBC Scotlandshire here:
# gregalach 2012-11-14 11:20
Maybe BBC Scotlandshire should be thinking about printing sweatshirts (too cold for t-shirts now) with their web address? And a catchy slogan to ctach attention? I for one would purchase and wear one to help bring the site to public attention. The more people who then find the site, the more the message will spread via word-of-mouth.And humour is one of the best ways to get people interested. How about it, BBC Scotlandshire?
# Breeks 2012-11-14 09:10
To repeat, we are reading the BBC wrongly. We look upon their misreporting of pro-indy matters as an impropriety. The BBC doesn't see it like that. It's us who are breaking faith with Britain, not Britain (& the BBC) breaking faith with us. In the mind of the BBC, we are the insurrectionist s.

The bitter pill for the BBC is that we are seeking a legitimate insurrection & using legal channels to do it. To oppose us openly means the BBC opposing the principles of democracy itself.

We know the arguments all favour Independence. Our Government has an elected mandate to seek it. The process towards Independence is faultless, legal and democratic. Seminal documents like the McCrone report can't be denied so must be kept quiet.

Every instinct the BBC has is to stop us, but the strength & legitimacy of our case makes it impossible for the BBC to fight us fairly, - so they won't fight us fairly. They'll cheat.
# Barontorc 2012-11-14 09:11
The BBC is breaching human rights law and there is no doubt that it intends to carry on doing so.

The role that the BBC plays in this upcoming democratic process is so critical for Scotland it must be monitored by a human rights authority out-with the UK government's influence.

Perhaps the SDA can use the connections it has to raise the issue with the appropriate bodies on a European citizen's basis ?

I think I understand the point, that involvement in monitoring the election process would have to be invoked by the SNP/SG, but I see a clearer distinction with my natural expectations for the protection of my human rights, which are clearly being threatened by state propaganda and BBC news manipulation.

I would demand the same if SKY, ITV, Fox News, CBC, Russia Today or Al Jazeera, et al, were the UK government's playthings and propagandists.

Anything to offer, Cardrossan, Upspake, James? Is there leverage with this?
# cardrossian 2012-11-14 11:31
I am no lawyer, so cannot speak on human rights, but as my previous comment notes, I am no lover of the current set up. Which is why I no longer listen to them.

As Upspake says, it is up to the government to take any action but we know that in these matters the SNP is spineless.

Just keep complaining. Maybe some responsible person will take notice
# Jo Bloggs 2012-11-14 17:01
I recently emailed the SNP via their website about this issue and immediately received a personal response to my email from Peter Murrel that the matter was 'being pursued'. Let's hope so. I'm sure they cannot be unaware of its importance.
# James 2012-11-14 16:35
The SDA is in full agreement with the opinions expressed here, and has already raised the issue of media bias with the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The OSCE passed the SDA memorandum on to its Office on Democratic Institutions and and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw, and its Representative on the Freedom of the Media is keeping a close eye on the situation.

We understand that the CoE and OSCE have both been in contact with the Cabinet Office in Downing Street about the Scottish situation, which apparently resulted in a modification of Prime Minister Cameron's demands in relation to the referendum.

The bias of the legally autonomous BBC is a good deal more difficult to counter by diplomatic means, although the government in Westminster can undoubtedly be held responsible. Rest assured, though, that the SDA is pursuing every channel possible for future international action.
# Old Smokey 2012-11-14 09:15
Last night's Newsnight Scotland was a disgrace (it was interesting that it started 10 mins earlier than scheduled). Kirk Ramsay was given free reign to spout anything he wanted without question (noticed Hugh Henry having difficulty supressing a smile in the background). It was interesting that Ramsay tried to justify the use of the 'spypen' but couldnt actually produce it on the programme. He also tried to make out he wasnt tech savy, strange for someone with his background. This would appear to be this weeks attack on the SNP (perhaps this months until parly recess) as expect it to be brought up ad nauseam by the unionists
# clootie 2012-11-14 09:36
The Newsnet comments below the article summed it up for me.
# Indy_Scot 2012-11-14 09:54
I saw some of the secret ‘Spy-pen’ Newsnight programme and I could not believe what I was watching.

It was so pre manufactured it was beyond belief. These set ups are now so over the top obvious that they may well actually help the Yes campaign.

The thought of giving this corrupt organisation financial assistance does not bear thinking about.
# velofello 2012-11-14 10:53
I once, years back attended a meeting that was declared as being taped. The playback revealed an absolute shambolic series of coughing,interr uptions, parallel discussions. You should try it sometime.
Mr Ramsay should have advised his wish to record the meeting - to all attendees and asked for acceptance. It is no less than acting in a respectful manner towards your peers.
Trouble is attendees might become much more guarded in what they would forward as opinions and proposals. So I question Mr Ramsay's motives.
Does he tape all his meetings with his pen?
Who spilled the story that he had taped the meeting and then distributed copy tapes to SOME of his staff?
Taxi for Ramsay.
# J Wil 2012-11-14 11:57
If the proceedings of the meeting were intended to be recorded there would have been a secretary taking formal notes which would have been distributed to the people attending for information.

Otherwise there would have been no need for any audio records to be taken. It was totally bad form for this guy to be doing this. However, I am sure the general conversation on Newsnight was playing on the public being ignorant of protocols for meetings so that they would be left wondering what the fuss was about.

The other problem with the discussion on Newsnight Scotland was they went out of their way to widen the accusations to discredit the Minister by any means they could with unsubstantiated comments both from Brewer and from Henry.
# UpSpake 2012-11-14 11:02
Barontorc. The alert sent to the Council of Europe and the OSCE in February was to assist the SNP to realise there was an international dimension to a declaration of self determination and tha there were organisations out there designed to assist and provide oversight to ease the process.
However, despite offers of help, the SNP has snubbed the SDA at every turn. So be it. Despite wishing to be inclusive and to seek help they have kept to their own counsel.
It is up to the Scots government to seek the help from the OSCE. They are aware and are monitioring the situation in Scotland but are powerless to act unless formally asked to interceed.
The SNP are the government so petition them. The SDA will help in any way they ccan, if asked ?.
# James 2012-11-14 16:55
What UpSpake writes is correct. The SNP has done a remarkable job in government, and all praise where it is due, but so far it has been on the basis of domestic policy, where it is on its own ground. Unfortunately, the SNP knows less than nothing about contemporary diplomacy and international affairs (with "less than nothing" defined as a heap of misconceptions) . It doesn't understand what it is doing in this highly specialised field, and it is unlikely to take any action that would involve sharing the credits.
# Jim Johnston 2012-11-14 19:21
Now James, the SDA are in danger of being "accused" as the Scotsman would say, of having a fine conceit of themselves with talk like that.

I thought nuclear WMD and global warming policies etc., were contemporary diplomacy and international affairs. Then again, perhaps these two items are misconceptions.

I'm sure this was just a rush of blood Alex or a heat of the moment thing.
# creag an tuirc 2012-11-14 20:06
Yeah and those Pandas, climate justice, university links in the middle east, city twinning with China, creating inroads within the Asian market for Scottish food and drink, the electricity links to Scandinavia and Ireland. all sound like contemporary diplomacy to me.
# James 2012-11-14 21:52
This is all commendable activity, cooperation with willing partners, but it is not diplomacy as that is understood.

The test will arise when it comes to asserting Scotland's interests against unwilling negotiating partners whose interests conflict with the interests of Scotland. It took 18 years to force through devolution by diplomatic means against every obstacle that could be placed in its way.
# Silverytay 2012-11-14 11:37
The biased b.b.c were still running with the it,s all Mike Russells fault and the ex head of stow is the injured party in the news at 6.30 am this morning . I was shouting at the telly so much that the wife had to tell me to shut up .
# src19 2012-11-14 11:50
Very OT: No doubt this won't hit the MSM looks like the BBC is not fulfilling its statutory obligations under its royal charter as regards to impartiality on climate change :-

And not forgetting BBC pensions fund is invested with the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) so there is a conflict of interest when it comes to any broadcasts regarding climate change.
# fynesider 2012-11-14 13:26
OT this particular thread but linked to climate change Have a look at the Guardian's front page today. This is a link to the video which Greenpeace highlighted.
# From The Suburbs 2012-11-14 12:20
Labour spouse (a k a BBC education reporter) pontificating / giggling about Ramsay who was of course sacked by his superior at the college and not by Mike Russell who can't sack anyone.
# call me dave 2012-11-14 13:06
Just caught the lead into the Stow College affair on the John Beattie BBC radio at lunch time on the car radio.
They are still at it!

They outlined at the start the 'fact' that the FE sector was under funded and in crisis and mergers were underway across Scotland etc etc.

Just setting up the background you know for a character assassination of Mr Russell who "has had past form for a robust approach to matters"

BBC Mealy mouthing round the topic without ever getting to the point that they would love to say out loud.

We don't like the SNP and here is a smear story.

Pity that we don't have any real evidence for it. But believe us he's a bully and, and , and we'll think up something else soon.

Meanwhile the culprit is given the sack but he's a hero in the eyes of the BBC Scotland.

John asks "will this story ever go away"

Aye right John! Not if the BBC has anything to do with it.!
# Dundonian West 2012-11-14 13:36
BBC North Britain 10/10,at it's robust NO campaign best,despite Saville,Lord MacAlpine,Entwh istle,Newsnight ,Lord Patten and God forbid-- MacQuarrie sent in to investigate!
Yes.They'll stick together---or should that be Better Together.
Let's just VOTE them into journalistic oblivion in 2014.
# weegie38 2012-11-14 14:05
Regarding the Stow College thing - I wonder if Mike Russell could have Ramsay under the Data Protection Act?

Ramsay gained information without permission, retained it without a legitimate purpose, and distributed it without permission. That's three breaches of the DPA right there.
# Talorcan 2012-11-14 15:26
Patience my friends, patience. Await the final straw to light the flame. There's a good time coming boys.
# J Wil 2012-11-14 15:28
No wonder Patten is under extreme scrutiny from the press and from the politicians. It seems that he has looked on the BBC as something not to be tampered with, so he has abrogated his responsibility to the licence payer.

Little wonder BBC Scotland are still getting away with murder as far as being non-partisan is concerned.
# call me dave 2012-11-14 18:00
Well, like in the cricket, he is acting nigh watchman, a sentinel figure, who on this occasion, may have been caught out.

Only time will tell if that is so, but I suspect he will stand down after the dust clears.
# sneckedagain 2012-11-14 16:39
I rather wonder why Michael Russell allowed himself to get involved in this way in a public spat on such a matter .

Shows a questionable lack of judgement
# call me dave 2012-11-14 17:00
# sneckedagain

That's a fair point but as # Marian below says there comes a time where a line has to be drawn as # weegie38 2012-11-14 14:05 says.

Anyone at a meeting with 'an axe to grind' and is in a senior position and who decides to secretly record a meeting can

direct comment towards their personal agenda
request information thought to be for off the record comment by others in the meeting and
make use of all the information or selected parts of it for their own purposes.

The more I think about it the more I believe it was a calculated and opportunistic move by Mr Ramsay.

It may cause Mr Russell a hard time for a few days but enough is enough.
# Marian 2012-11-14 16:46
The SNP must absolutely stick to its guns and not allow this blatant politically motivated nonsense to go any further as no matter how both Labour and he try to spin it, the ex head of Stow college was completely unethical and utterly in the wrong recording the meeting without the participants knowledge.

So far as the BBC is concerned it is clearly beyond redemption. Perhaps the SNP have been silent on the BBC antics and MSM bias up to now in order to give them enough rope to hang themselves.

However their misbehaviour makes it much easier for the Scots government to set out draconian measures in in its forthcoming White Paper in order to achieve a fair and balanced debate during the 16 week official campaigning period with severe financial penalties on the Scots based media and media intrusions from outside of Scotland if they fail to comply, through the auspices of the Electoral Commission as they are now empowered to do by the Edinburgh Agreement.
# J Wil 2012-11-14 17:06
It seems that Labour would like to rewrite the rule book when it suits them

We have had the row over the legal advice, the rules of which they have consistently followed themselves, but then sought to overturn when Salmond followed them to the letter.

Now we have them wanting to sideline protocols on the audio recording of meetings without permission.

We cannot trust anything they say or do.
# Koenig 2012-11-14 18:01
As well as everything mentioned previously regarding the BBC. I boycott the BBC but on a couple of occassions channel surfing lately. I Have caught BBC Scotland reporters pathetically giggling like school children when passing over to each other over SNP smear stories. How unbelievably pathetic and unprofessional.
# Will C 2012-11-14 18:46
Another hatchet job on Mike Russell by the BBC Scotland News at 6.30 pm. I am beginning to think the whole thing is a set up. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Ramsay is a member of the Labour Party.
# farrochie 2012-11-14 18:48

Reporting Scotland has completely failed in its duty to question Ramsay on why he used a concealed recording device, why he did not inform participants in the meeting and why he distributed the recording to others.

The BBC knows this is at least a breach of ethics, discurteous in the extreme and unacceptable in any situation, far less in a meeting with his peers and colleagues.

If a minister or civil servant had made and distributed the recording, there would have been hell tae pay.
# GrassyKnollington 2012-11-14 20:37
It's obvious that the impartial BBC are going after Mike Russell in exactly the way that they went after Stewart Stevenson.

Why anyone would expect the broadcasting arm of the Labour Party to do anything else I don't know.

Disgusting to witness all the same. It's increasingly apparent that all the "greatest broadcaster in the world" nonsense was invented and promulgated by themselves.

No outside observer who did not share their political agenda would ever come to that conclusion.
# weegie38 2012-11-14 20:14
Prior to being principal at Stow College, Ramsay was the Chief Executive at the Glasgow Science Centre for a few years. His time there coincided, by my calculations, with the permanent closure of the Tower and a lot of belt-tightening.

There's a whiff of someone who owes a lot to the pre-2007 Labour quangocracy about him.
# xyz 2012-11-14 20:26
Stephen Jardine ‏@StephenJardin e
"My BBC career ends here."

On BBC Scotland specifically:

".... a moribund institution, loaded with management dead wood and run not for the viewers and listeners, but for a small cabal of lifelong pension-hugging BBC bureaucrats."

Well done Stephen Jardine!
# cynicalHighlander 2012-11-14 21:05
Just the BBC...this week's podcast:

It has been difficult to say something new about the current problems which face the current incarnation of the BBC. However, the Lesley Riddoch Podcast tries to do just that. There is a ’spirited’ discussion and some revelations. It’s not all serious. You will learn about ‘the Commissioner of Fridges’ and the multiple choice license.
# Lintie 2012-11-14 21:10
The prof says: "What we were desperately in need of on Wednesday night was an informed discussion from Washington about what the implications were of that election result for the future of Scotland and the US involvement in that."

It's as well the prof didn't get his way. Judging by their most recent pronouncements I'd say that the Washington Post is a Unionist paper – every bit as blindly biased as the Scotsman.
# millie 2012-11-14 21:37
I watched BBC Scotland’s Newsnight (unusually long programme) last night with dismay- it should have been a discussion on the ethics of ‘recording’ people and distributing without permission- Mr Brewer didn’t seem to show much interest in this aspect.

I watched the conflation, unsubstantiated claims and, (in my opinion) subtle manipulation in Reporting Scotland at 6.30pm.

I also heard the John Beattie Show on Radio Scotland and was less than impressed by a report from their female education correspondent which sounded less than balanced, and appeared to be rather mocking in tone.

Labour via the BBC are out to get Mike Russell- they have been nipping away at it for weeks. In another country he would be viewed as someone getting a difficult job done- parochial and biased doesn’t even begin to describe the BBC in Scotland.
# xyz 2012-11-14 22:32
It must be tiring to have these nasty little BBC Labour creeps nipping at one's heels all the time.
# From The Suburbs 2012-11-14 22:55
Labour place people are everywhere in the media.

BBC Education correspondent Seonag MacKinnon is the former Scotsman Education Correspondent and married to Peter MacMahon, who was former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish’s press secretary. Mr McMahon is deputy editor of the Scotsman.
# gus1940 2012-11-15 08:22
Why bother with the words 'everywhere in'.
# Angus 2012-11-14 22:28
We mainly watch BBC Alba, I know its still BBC, but its relatively untouched by anti Independence bias and British nationalism.
We watch programmes about other countries, like Eorpa, and other ethnic groups in Scotland. Watching this very informative channel is like being in a free country where you can see the rest of the world and not British nationalism looking at itself in a mirror all the time.
# cynicalHighlander 2012-11-14 23:50
Call made for greater autonomy to be given to BBC Scotland, in wake of Newsnight debacle: www.allmediascotlan

This Friday: Robert Beveridge outlines his thoughts on a federal BBC, on allmediascotlan d.
# Ready to Start 2012-11-15 12:38
Johann Lamont was completely useless to-day at FMQs but BBC Scotland again truncated coverage of FMQs mainly to screen three adverts for forthcoming BBC programmes.

They would never dare cut off FMQs at Westminster. Again viewers in Scotland treated as second class citizens.
# Puskas 2012-11-15 15:00
Quoting Ready to Start:
Johann Lamont was completely useless to-day at FMQs but BBC Scotland again truncated coverage of FMQs mainly to screen three adverts for forthcoming BBC programmes.

RTS Lamont lamentable / outragious

The kick boxer also put to bed . The feeling I had is she has lost many contests. (in her sport)

Sadly what we who watch political programmes see does not come over with the edited news broadcasts or with the press. Whatever happened to OOR WULLIE anyone know I didn't see or hear any of his normally prepostrous questions to our FM.

It saddens me that such fools (3) are leaders of the opposition parties. Says much for unionism.. Or should I say very little.
# J Wil 2012-11-15 15:28
Lack of respect for BBC Scotland viewers is increasingly obvious.

Today at FMQs the programme was cut short by three minutes, but we still had to listen to Brian's hot air.

Last night Newsnight over-run by a considerable time, but Newsnight Scotland still finished dead on its usual time. Was that because they got a few minutes more to slag off Mike Russell the previous night?

Lunchtime headlines - Labour have it in for Mike Russell and Alex Salmond. Giggles from Sally Magnuson. She wasn't smiling at the 2011 election.

No mention that Johann was completely floored by Salmond's responses to her silly questions and it looks like she has retrieved Iain Gray from the sandwich shop and placed him at a convenient camera position behind his leader.

Ruth Davidson nearly fell off her desk when asking her question. She was literally frothing at the mouth.
# From The Suburbs 2012-11-15 16:59
And Seonag MacKinnon giggled her way through report on Russell / Ramsay row.

How many times have Johann Lamont and Jackie Baillie mislead Scottish Parliament.
# Koenig 2012-11-15 17:29
Can you think of any other news organisation in the world where presenters and reporters giggle like children over stories regarding a particular political party.

At best it's bizarre. Is that the level they are happy to decend to?

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