BREAKING NEWS

  As one alert reader noted, it wouldn’t be the Christmas holidays without Jackie Baillie honking out some old rubbish about an NHS crisis. We trust Scottish Labour have at least checked the figures properly this time. But that, in ...

NHS Scotland performs better, but you may not know it

‘In Scotland, there is a different story…’ (BBC 1 Network News at 1.15pm on 10th December 2015) On BBC 1 News at 1pm and again at 6pm, we saw extensive reporting of several crises in the English NHS. Headlines covered, in particular, ...

November 29th, 2015 | BBC Scotland, Newsnet, Prof. John Robertson

‘Last Kingdom’ depictions betray lazy approach to history by BBC writers

  Prof John Robertson takes issue with a recent BBC drama Episode Three of ‘The Last Kingdom’, broadcast on BBC2 last week was the continuing tale of King Alfred’s brave, Christian Wessex struggling to survive the onslaught of ...

Why are Labour politicians given an easy ride by BBC News in Scotland?

  It’s a common refrain from independence supporters:  Unionist politicians, especially Labour politicians, are rarely challenged with the same vigour by BBC interviewers as are their SNP counterparts. Criticisms can range from the ...

The limitations of GERS

Last week the BBC treated viewers to a Question Time hosted in Edinburgh, where a right-wing economics journalist from MoneyWeek magazine called Merryn Somerset Webb explained to a somewhat disgruntled Scottish audience why the government were ...