Nicola Sturgeon China Smear – A BBC Scotland Complaint
Below is a complaint submitted to the BBC on April 15th, 2018. The complaint relates to coverage of a politically motivated attack on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who, at the time, was leading a Scottish trade mission to China.
Full complaint submitted on April 15th
On Friday April 13th a headline appeared on the front page of The Herald newspaper. The headline read: ‘Fury after Sturgeon pulls rank on Chinese wind farm’. Beneath the headline, a sub-heading read: ‘FM overrules council planners a day before Beijing meeting with financers’.
The newspaper headline was read out by Good Morning Presenter Gary Robertson that same morning.
An image of The Herald front page appeared in the BBC Scotland daily newspaper section that day. Headlined ‘The papers: Sturgeon’s China wind farm row‘, the article was the third item on the BBC Scotland main online news page. The introductory sentence read: “A row over Chinese investors makes Scotland’s front pages as the first minister calls in a planning decision.”
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