You might have thought it strange that the independent BBC is a member of the CBI….but it was, still is in fact for now:
But the BBC said its suspension would only come into effect during the 16 weeks of the official referendum campaign period from 30 May to 18 September. Every other CBI member to have left, including the broadcaster STV, has done so with immediate effect.
A spokesman for the first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, said the BBC had “done the right thing”. Asked about the much shorter period of its membership suspension, he said: “It’s up to the BBC to decide exactly what the parameters are.”
But he added: “We’re quite clear that publicly funded bodies have an obligation and in the case of the BBC, an overriding obligation, to be impartial and to be seen to be impartial.”
Judging by the BBC’s coverage of the Independence campaign I’d say Salmond has little to worry about.
However others beg to differ………There are many, many accusations of pro-Union bias against the BBC…..
This is an example of the Yes campaign’s evidence of bias:
– On 24/6/13 in STV at 6, the presenter, referring to a report from the ‘Scottish Institute’ offers unchallenged the notion that the Scottish armed forces ‘might have trouble recruiting due to lack of adventure’! The possibility of the reverse trend is not considered.
[Are the yes campaigners suggesting Scottish soldiers don’t want adventure then?]
So, on the objective evidence presented here, the mainstream TV coverage of the first year of the independence referendum campaigns has not been fair or balanced. Taken together, we have evidence of coverage which seems likely to have damaged the Yes campaign.
An academic has accused BBC Scotland of “thought control” and “suppressing” critical research which he published into coverage of the independence referendum on TV news.
by craig on April 29, 2013 10:21 am in Uncategorized
I’d Hammer out Danger – I’d Hammer Out a Warning
BBC anti-Scots propaganda is moving beyond the risible towards the truly chilling