A BBC Scotland complaint: Jenny Marra’s false £300k payoff claim
The following complaint relates to BBC Scotland coverage of the NHS Tayside ‘payoff’ accusation leveled by Jenny Marra. The Labour MSP had [falsely] claimed that the Health Board had paid its former chief executive over £300,000.
Complaint submitted on August 16th
On the afternoon of Monday August 6th, a story appeared across BBC Scotland platforms. The story was based on comments given to BBC Scotland by Scottish Labour MSP, Jenny Marra. Ms Marra told the BBC she understood a payment of over £300,000 had been made to the former Chief Executive of NHS Tayside.
Shortly afterwards, a BBC Scotland film crew confronted Nicola Sturgeon with the claim. The FM’s response was heard on news bulletins.