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BBC Scotland comes under fire over ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ caption – Towards Indyref2…

BBC Scotland comes under fire over ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ caption

irish-abuse-captionBBC Scotland chiefs have come under fire after the station’s flagship evening news programme Reporting Scotland described an Irish minister as ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’.

The blunder appeared during a news report covering First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s visit to the Republic.

The item included a statement from Ireland’s Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan.  However instead of his official title appearing in a caption, the phrase ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ was displayed instead.  The blunder has led to anger on social media.

The blunder followed embarrassment the previous evening when so-called ‘technical problems’ prevented Reporting Scotland from covering the first day of Nicola Sturgeon’s historic visit to Ireland.

The visit, which saw the First Minister become the first ever head of a foreign government to address the Irish Senate, has proved difficult for BBC Scotland.  Its correspondent Glenn Campbell faced criticism for appearing to focus on negative aspects of the trip.  Campbell was also ridiculed after he bizarrely mis-translated the Gaelic ‘Ceud Mile Failte’, which means ‘One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ by claiming it had only meant fifty thousand.


BBC Scotland difficulties continued into Tuesday when a Good Morning Scotland interview with Fine Gael politician Jerry Buttimer had to be cut short after it too was hit by technical problems.


These latest blunders will do little to assuage the concerns of those already convinced that the BBC operates a pro-Union agenda.  Some Yes activists are already planning to highlight what they believe was BBC corruption during the last independence referendum should Scotland enter a second official campaign.

A documentary ‘London Calling’ which provides evidence of pro-Union BBC Bias during Indyref1 is currently being screened at venues throughout Scotland.  An appeal has been launched with the aim of distributing DVDs of the documentary into homes of people who may not otherwise get to see the seventy minute film.

The appeal can be located here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/london-calling-50-000-dvds#/

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13 thoughts on “BBC Scotland comes under fire over ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ caption

  1. john

    This kind of thing happens all the time , whether it is BBC Scotland or BBC National News , they thrive on misreporting , ( have the billboards gone up yet ! ) .There is always a technical hitch , or they have lost the connection , when anything positive about Scotland is being discussed , (funny that it never happens when it is dealing with anything other than the SNP ! ) However they are constantly scoring own goals , even Unionists have cottoned on to the fact now how dreadfully biased the BBC is , in all it’s guises ! .

      1. zoltan varga

        No the Scottish news is not national its regional just like its Yorkshire/Midlands etc BBC equivalents-thats the way the unionists at pathetic key and elsewhere like it! Under the thumb of their brit masters in London. Hopefully like the union, distorting jockland and the ebc days are nearly finished in Scotland! Cant wait!

  2. John G

    If An MSP can be threatened with the sack for a train breaking down, why is nothing down about this train wreck we call the BBC?

    1. Bob Nugent

      THE EBC will never react to SNP BAD news
      It isxwhat they have been instucted to fulfil the reason for them being given
      MEANS WE GET 20 % of scottish programmes
      WE SCOTS PAY £345million+ INTO FUNDING EBC
      SCOTLAND GETS £68million
      And theybwoder why we bitch and moan

  3. Kevin

    ‘Technical problems’ aside, the caption below Ireland’s Foreign Minister must be considered a dreadful, craven insult. This particular childish slight has clearly been a deliberate act, for how else can something so bizarre be assigned at that moment? Who’s responsible? – it didn’t magic itself on-screen.

    We know they hate us, we expect their daily insults and corruption cover-ups, but to extend that to another country’s representative is a modern day and very typical Crimes of Britain example – they cannot help themselves. Thugs, warmongers, gangsters, a law unto themselves, daring smaller nations to be offended.
    We show restraint – billboards being ‘unacceptable’ – yet they can publicly slur, and shamelessly title dignitaries with ‘abuse’.

    Mind you, the fools at the BBC have had their arses well and truly skelped during the FM’s trip to Ireland – I’ve very much enjoyed seeing Scotland being presented as international and progressive, friendly and smart, lauded by Irish citizens, their leaders and their press. Wonderful!

  4. Clydebuilt

    STV’s coverage was excellent, on their 6pm news prog.

    There’s a comparison of the BBC’s and STV’s coverage over on Thought Control Scotland.

  5. David McCann

    The ‘abuse’ in the caption is not accidental, but a classic mistake by those who should know better.
    To understand what some journalists do you only need, to see what happens when you take liberties with the news you produce when your own prejudices backfire, like in the case of the editor who had to resign when he accidently left remarks on dummy editions of his paper..
    Check it out here! http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/editor-quits-after-dummy-captions-ridicule-local-event/

    1. john

      It was not accidental , it was planned , the same way the picture of an escaped gorilla was on the screen when the newsreader was introducing Nicola Sturgeon for an interview, (English newsreader thought it was hilarious ) .

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