A BBC Scotland reporter has issued an apology after misquoting comments from an SNP MP.
Business and Economy editor Douglas Fraser had accused MP John Nicolson of wanting to replace BBC Scotland with the new digital channel recently announced by the corporation.
In a tweet, the BBC Scotland reporter said: “New BBC Scot TV channel: News at 9: 80 new jobs @MrJohnNicolson SNP: ‘missed opportunity not to have ScotSix: new channel shd replace BBC1’ ”
The claim was rubbished by the SNP MP, who responded: “I didn’t suggest that it should replace BBC 1 nor do I think it should.”
Nicolson added: “No idea where Douglas got that from. Entirely inaccurate.”
Clearly frustrated at the lack of response from the BBC reporter, the MP later added: “I’m a great fan of public service broadcasting. But making up quotes really unethical as Douglas knows.”
Increasingly unhappy, the SNP MP requested a correction: “Hi Douglas. This tweet has been up for a day. Can you correct? The quote is inaccurate. Didn’t say nor think BBC1 should be replaced. J”
The impasse was finally broken when the MP himself published a transcript of what he had said, which showed it wasn’t what the BBC reporter had claimed.
However in a bizarre move the BBC reporter published the same transcript along with a tweet implying it actually supported his claim.
Challenged by other users on social media, Fraser finally acknowledged his error and issued an apology, saying: “I misunderstood @mrjohnnicolson arguing that new BBCScot TV channel isn’t enough I misquoted him I’m really really Sorry #Bigly Here’s why:”
However the apology was followed by a string of tweets from the BBC Scotland reporter in which the SNP MP was accused of having issued confusing comments over the new BBC channel.
The tweets prompted criticism from other users of social media. One labelled the follow-on tweets childish. Another accused the BBC Scotland reporter of digging a bigger hole for himself.
“You should have stopped at sorry. I mean well done and everything, big of you, but the rest. Sheesh, childish.”
“Doogie… you’re digging the whole deeper, pal. All he would like is a retraction. Entirely reasonable”
“what the heck was all that about? Just say Oops sorry. Only u misinterpreted him. We knew you got it wrong.”
Both men now appear to have drawn a veil over the matter and moved on. However Fraser’s reputation has taken a bit of a dent as a result of the exchange.Views: 4838