Monday, 23 September 2013

Scottish Independence Rally TV Coverage - 21.09.2013

The BBC recently stated that they would find it hard to provide unbiased reporting on the debate in advance of the independence referendum on 18th September 2014. If their lack of live coverage, and reporting of the Scottish Independence Rally on Saturday is anything to go by, they definitely are.

The BBC said in their Scottish News Summary that 8000 attended. Everyone else said between 20000 and 30000 attended.

As I wasn't there I thought I would watch live coverage on the BBC News Channel. Nothing was mentioned not then or in later UK wide bulletins, the latter applying also to ITV News.

I also checked Sky News coverage. You've guessed it, nothing either!  It was only when I got to the RT news channel (yes the one based in Moscow, Russia) that there was live coverage from the event.

It is a sad day when no UK broadcaster is showing an event occurring in their own country involving between 20000 and 30000 of their own citizens. I am sure if this number, or even the equivalent proportion of the English population (i.e. about 200000 to 300000 people) marched through London it would have received blanket coverage.

The BBC and Sky News unbiased in the Scottish Independence Referendum? If so then I am Jemima Puddleduck. Shame on you BBC and Sky News.

The BBC comes in for particular criticism though since those 20000 - 30000 are required by law to pay their license fee, and therefore are entitled to receive unbiased coverage of this debate and this particular event.

I have previously talked about the bias on this subject of the mainstream media here...