On STV, Jamie Murray called for more funding from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), saying ‘Scotland deserves the financial support of a country, not a county’ and then restating that ‘Scotland is a country.’ This, by any standards, is newsworthy comment by a leading Scottish sportsman, but it’s simply ignored by BBC Scotland both on the website’s extended report (above) and on the Reporting Scotland broadcast. At any other time, any of the Murrays would make the headlines. Imagine he had said something about how much Scotland benefits from being part of the UK-wide Lawn Tennis Association?
For some time now, I’ve wondered if STV News has been smelling the coffee and considering the commercial effects of alienating too many of their Indy-supporting viewers. I’ve reported signs of greater balance and a more professional manner than that of their neighbours on the Clyde but then they go and indulge in the same frenzied feeding on supposed health crises.
Today, however, I couldn’t help but notice the contrasts. Look at the above two headlines. Note how BBC Scotland avoid the more optimistic, obvious, reading of the changing situation in the EU’s thinking about Scottish membership as the UK staggers to the door.
Then on school subject choices and other related matters, note how STV simply state the facts while BBC Scotland extract a notion of concern, expressed only by some, and make it an apparently the wider perception.
Only one day, I know, but revealing of an underlying predisposition?