First thing this morning and with repeat doses every thirty minutes, Scottish viewers get:
Almost 80 000, women have potentially missed a breast cancer screening appointment!
806 more coronavirus cases!
More than 70 sub-postmasters may have been prosecuted wrongly!
Around 1 in 3 families in Edinburgh are living below the poverty line!
Heavy rain and flooding!
We’ll be back with another update at five to seven. Hope you can join us then!
That was all the news in Scotland and done in three minutes.
As you know there were many more stories out there but these were chosen to help construct reality for you and to do it just when you’re still a bit tired and emotional.
In the 28 minutes before that, we did have energy job losses but we also got to laugh at Trump vs Biden, feel relief that things here must be better than in the USA, see comedy pet photos, laugh at rude parrots, watch football and get a visit to Kew Gardens.
I was feeling fine until ‘the news where you are.‘
Many, especially the old and vulnerable, get most of the information they use to make sense of the world they live in from TV News.
Editorial choices like these, repeated, especially in the early hours, make viewers anxious. Anxious people stay in and incubate that anxiety. When it comes to elections, they vote for the status quo and against anything new.
It then only takes a former TV football commentator on their doorstep, telling them they will lose their pension, to swing a referendum.
It’s not a conspiracy at BBC Scotland, it’s a culture, like coronavirus, affecting the old more than the young who seem to be less affected by it.
It’s dying out slowly but can still make it harder to recover normality.