Ofcom rules that BBC and Andrew Neil misled viewers, “misrepresenting statistics on literacy…”

Andrew Neilby The National  |  29th Apr 2019  |  Image :  Pixabay 12

THE BBC and Andrew Neil have been carpeted by the broadcasting regulator after they tried to claim a Tory “fact” about Scottish school kids being “functionally illiterate” was true.

In a 2017 interview with Alex Salmond on the Sunday Politics – broadcast a week before the country went to the polls in the snap general election – Neil asked the former First Minister: “why after a decade of SNP rule do one in five Scots pupils leave primary school functionally illiterate?”

That claim was challenged by a primary school teacher who was watching the show, and who eventually complained to Ofcom.

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Read Ofcom’s full decision here ….

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