GA Ponsonby
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Balance … BBC Scotland style

What is balance in terms of political reporting?  Basically it is the presenting of both sides of an argument giving each equal time. But there’s another type of ‘balance’ and it’s one I’ve referred to for several years.  It’s the ...

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The twisting of Nicola Sturgeon’s BBC interview

Last Friday the First Minister gave an interview to the BBC.  The interview was conducted by Good Morning Scotland presenter Gary Robertson. Robertson began by forensically examining the Scottish Government’s record on education.  The second ...

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The ruling that exposes the depth of corruption at the BBC

On Friday February 5th this year a story appeared across the news platforms of BBC Scotland.  A ‘think tank’ had, we were told, carried out ‘independent analysis’ of Scottish Labour’s election proposal of an income tax rise of one pence ...

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They’re weaponising child abuse now

Did you know that the Scottish government is coming under pressure over the issue of historic child abuse in football?  I do.  I know because I heard it on Good Morning Scotland. Listeners are told ‘pressure is growing’.  This apparent ...

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Fake news from a fake national broadcaster

Last week witnessed the latest in what Pacific Quay euphemistically calls ‘A BBC Scotland Investigation’ when a Freedom of Information request revealed figures relating to call handling by Police Scotland. The figures appeared impressive, ...