Below is a complaint submitted to the BBC relating to the February 7th edition of Reporting Scotland. The flagship news programme had ignored a story that broke earlier that day relating to the publication of Brexit Analysis papers and their conclusion relating to Scotland.
Complaint submitted on February 8th
On February 7th the House of Commons published a breakdown of the Brexit Analysis papers that had been leaked just over a week earlier. The papers showed that Brexit would have a negative impact on Scottish growth. The impact on Scotland was worse than the UK average.
The inclusion of a breakdown for Scotland called into question comments made by David Mundell on November 2nd when he gave evidence to a Holyrood Committee. Mr Mundell said no such breakdown existed.
The story was thus of very significant interest to Scotland. However the 18:30 edition of Reporting Scotland ignored the story completely. Below is every story covered on the tea-time edition of Reporting Scotland.
1. Police Scotland
2. Lab MP Racism
3. Mortuary viewing
4. Plumber faulty boiler install
5. Skiers found
6. Sea pollution
7. Children mental health
8. Justin Timberlake
9. Silent movie Scot
The failure to cover the official publication of the Brexit Analysis papers on BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme is inexcusable. Also missing from the programme was Scottish Govt analysis published that day that concluded UK Govt plans to cut net migration could cost Scotland’s economy up to £10bn.
Why were these stories missing from Reporting Scotland?