In a debate in the Senedd, there has been criticism of the BBC for broadcasting information about the coronavirus outbreak that is “wholly inaccurate”.
The following is taken from the official record of the Senedd (with my emphasis):
Alun Davies AM (Labour) stated: “I am seriously concerned about the ability of the BBC, and other broadcasters, to communicate effectively what is happening throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.”
He goes on: “I’ve listened to a number of different broadcasts, where the BBC, in particular, has broadcast information that is WHOLLY AND COMPLETELY INACCURATE, because it is simply focusing on England, and not on the United Kingdom as a whole.
This is a matter that the current director general assured me, when I was a Minister with responsibility for broadcasting policy, that would be addressed. He hasn’t addressed it, and he’s failed to address it. And that is something that, in this emergency, is becoming something of a crisis.”
In response Mark Drakeford, FM said: “…. It’s when you turn on a national broadcaster and hear them MANGLE THE RESPONSIBILITIES, as they are currently distributed across the United Kingdom, that I do my best not to allow my blood pressure to rise but, sometimes, they do GET IT SO BADLY WRONG, and, therefore, are MISLEADING PEOPLE who hear them, that it’s DIFFICULT NOT TO FEEL ANGRY about it.”
Regular readers of TUSC articles will be well aware of the BBC’s ‘mangling’ of information on what is reserved to Westminster and what is devolved to Holyrood on a regular basis. We are only too aware of the BBC practice in which the ‘UK’ = ‘Great Britain’ = ‘England’ – and all the foregoing equate to ‘THE (single, aka the ‘one’ Tory) NATION’!