A senior producer at BBC Scotland has been accused of showing a lack of respect towards viewers after accusing a Reporting Scotland critic of spreading “conspiracy tosh”.
Chris Wands posted the accusation after a viewer questioned coverage of the Kaiam closure by the flagship evening news programme.
Twitter user Tommy Ball asked “Can’t imagine why @BBCScotlandNews Reporting Scotland on Kaiam closure prioritised the views of Neil Findlay, an unelected MSP for the region (representing the 3rd party), and relegated Angela Constantance, the elected MSP representing the constituency (for the govt), to second.”
He added: “Oh wait, I think I can have a guess at why.”
The tweet prompted a response from BBC Scotland producer Chris Wands: “Hi….on BBC Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive programme we did a live interview with Hannah Bardell and nothing with anyone of any other party. Have a great Christmas and please stop spreading conspiracy tosh next year.”
There then followed a minor spat between the two, with Wands first being accused of a lack of respect, then of extraordinary behaviour after the BBC Scotland producer appeared to patronise his opponent.
Ball tweeted: “There’s the respect @BBCScotlandNews has for its viewers, everyone.”
Wands responded: “Radio doesn’t have viewers.”
Wands’ tweet prompted the following reply: “Reporting Scotland, the programme which was the subject of the tweet you are ranting about, is a television programme. This is really quite extraordinary behaviour by @BBCScotlandNews.”
Wands, who helps produce Radio Scotland news programme Good Morning Scotland, is a former Radio 5 Live producer. During the independence referendum he described himself as a “proud Scot” living in London and asked if independence would mean “Border controls and a need for Euros when I go back to see the family? A hike in the price of shortbread and porridge?”
“… On the plus side it could mean a newly self-sufficient nation keeping the money from North Sea oil, losing the chip on its shoulder and educating its children to eat things other than chips.”
Wands joins a growing list of BBC Scotland journalists who have recently taken to social media to post what many believe are troll messages aimed at pro-Independence users. Similar messages have been posted by Douglas Fraser and Graham Stewart.
The messages follow criticism of BBC Scotland political coverage by many within the independence movement. The broadcaster has been accused of manipulating its political output in order to undermine the SNP or independence.Views: 7012