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
The BBC and Sky News unbiased in the Scottish Independence
Referendum? If so then I am Jemima Puddleduck. Shame on you BBC and Sky
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... http://scotcitizen.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-bbc-is-loosing-its-long-held.html