BBC Scotland News continues to show some pretty shoddy journalistic standards. Yesterday in their story about the BAA they constantly referred to the BAA being "ordered to sell off airports". It wasn't until the very end of the report where their own reporter, rather than the news reader, mentioned that this was still in the consultation phase. In all the coverage of the piece there was little mention of the fact that organizations in Edinburgh, for example, were opposed to the move; yet they had a Ryanair spokesperson on camera saying how good it was for passengers and competition. Of course the airlines say that because any lowering of landing fees goes straight to their bottom line; without necessarily giving the consummer any more routes or any lower fares.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Or another tack, but equally daft, is their continual adding of the word 'Scottish' in front of almost everything they say; it's got to the point where it's intrusive. This morning there was a piece about what school children in Scotland are eating for their lunch. The newsreader continually referred to Scottish schoolchildren. They are of course not necessarily Scottish; they might be English, Polish or a whole host of other nationalities that just live and go to school in Scotland. If BBC really want to be the national news they should conduct themselves with a bit more self confidence and accuracy.