What’s the point?

In response to my complaint above about:

Catriona Renton claims: ‘Scotland will be more dependent than ever on fossil fuels, largely imported gas.’

BBC Scotland replied:

In her balanced report, Catriona Renton included a clip from the company which runs Hunterston and also quoted the union side from the GMB. That was their point of view and her job was to ensure that it was put forward as an antithesis to whatever the employers were saying – common practice in a story such as this. Incidentally, the company indicated that the union’s view was widely held by the employees and that is something that any reporter doing their job properly would take into account.

You argue that the union’s view is inaccurate. You do so by reporting another organisation which may or not be accurate in their claims (WWF!). You also say that we carried a story in 2016 which reported a claim by an oil company. Without knowing the exact provenance of this I cannot comment, beyond saying that what you aver is not necessarily correct, beyond the company’s claim to be capable of something. It would have been made clear, as in this case, that that was the view of the organisation being quoted. That is what happens in three- or four-minute items in general news programmes such as Reporting Scotland.

There are those who regard the GMB’s claims as unrealistic and not in accord with the evidence; on the other hand, we reported only this summer that the shutdown at Hunterston had seen greenhouse gas emissions rise, according to Scottish Government figures, with emissions doubling at the gas-fired Peterhead power station. That might be held by many to lend credence to the position of the union.

Finally, the section of the Guidelines which you quote – Section 3 on Accuracy – states: “relevant opinions as well as facts may need to be considered” in the gathering of material and that is what was done here.”

Evasive? Dishonest? Disingenuous?

I hadn’t complained for a while. What’s the point?

10 thoughts on “What’s the point?”

  1. The point is, their reply confirms the BritNat state run BBC has a total lack of neutrality and objectivity. The point is the BBC operating in Scotland is an enemy of our country and democracy.
    That reply is not what you’d expect of an unbiased, professional, publicly funded organisation. It is defensive, contemptuous and unapologetic. Typical bullies.

    Keep exposing their propaganda Prof, it means more and more people know about their lies and they don’t like it one bit!
    Just like the daily rags, their audience has dwindled, just be good if more people would stop paying them and use other means of entertainment and actual news outlets. It’s all worth it, and the point is, they are rattled!

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  2. Evasive definitely – they are very good at it. I would have put in bold the bits of text:

    ‘Included a clip’
    ‘Also a quoted’
    ‘Common practice’
    ‘It would have been made clear’
    ‘This is what happens’
    ‘There are those who’
    ‘That might be held by many’

    To see how it read – I think these emphasise the vagueness and evasiveness of this response. They might have well have said ‘some bloke down the pub told me it was fine’.

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  3. Lies and Truthiness!

    BBC Lies—-
    “We might lie, but only in a very specific and limited way”.

    BBC Truthiness—
    “BBC Truthiness, in your rearview mirror, may be further off than you think”!


  4. What you are doing with these complaints is attritional.

    While your complaints are seldom upheld, they force a response and, more importantly, by publishing them and the responses on the site they make readers more aware of the likelihood of bias. Undoubtedly, since 2014 many more people in Scotland are aware of the bias in reporting and, I think this has brought about some changes in reporting in that the reports are often, now, more nuanced.

    In the specific case which you reported, I had heard the Hunterston and GMB comments on Good Morning Scotland and management and GMB were substantially in agreement regarding ‘increased dependence on fossil fuels’. In her report on Reporting Scotland in the evening, Ms Renton repeated the statements of both sides, but as she was the concluding statement of her report in what I perceived as her PERSONAL opinion that the increased dependence was a FACT.

    Keep up the good work.

    An example of the effect you have had was shown on GMS this morning in a piece about the contact tracing app. This presented the launch in an upbeat way. Gary Robertson downloaded his ‘on air’, while Laura Maxwell had downloaded hers last night when it was released.

    Contrast this with the introduction of Baby Boxes a few years ago, where in an infamous phone in Kaye Adams metaphorically kicked one to pieces and invited various people to condemn it.

    With that precedent, I had expected the contact tracing app to be introduced with a cynical sneer with reference to the complete failure of the Westminster app launched in the Isle of Wight in the first half of the year, with Messrs Johnson and Hancock claiming that the problem was solved.


    1. 😀

      I know what you mean, I had to go over again it thinking,,, gosh, is attritional really a word?? We will trust that Alasdair knows it’s a word and is just showing off 😉


  5. What else can you ever expect from ABC
    when it comes to replies in response to a well presented and founded complaint other than a whole load of complete and utter contemptuous
    Coital Bovine Scatology
    Best method by far of complaining
    Do not pay licence fee

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  6. They are replying to you on your (thorn in our side) complaint, it, the response, and comments are read and circulated by thousands from this blog…. THAT’s the point
    You made the point by doing it, getting faffed off, and publishing, the rest is public perception, and lets face it, PQ’s arrogance doesn’t exactly shine here…


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