Last night’s STV and Reporting Scotland coverage of the UK rail strike had much in common but notably, STV had two elements making theirs much more balanced.
In interviewing passengers, STV repeated for us this sort of reaction:
‘hasn’t been so bad’
on using buses, ‘quite simple’
‘not a big deal’
While Reporting Scotland preferred:
‘Not fair on customers’
More significant though was this stark contrast making the STV report far more balanced.
While Reporting Scotland did briefly add:
Scotrail staff are not directly involved
There is growing frustration here in Scotland that we’ve been caught up in this and so badly affected.
And so from the SNP Transport Secretary:
Despite the fact that Scotland had no say in negotiations they were being badly affected, one of the worst affected parts of the UK.