The BBC has confirmed it targeted a pro-independence blogger’s youtube account after a complaint from a Scottish Labour councillor.
It has also emerged that BBC Scotland officials knew about the complaint and the actions taken by the corporation against Wings Over Scotland.
The explosive admission was made by Head of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs at BBC Scotland Ian Small. Speaking on the John Beattie Show, the official confirmed that the BBC targeted the Wings Over Scotland youtube account after complaints were made by Labour councillor Scott Arthur.
The BBC Scotland official also confirmed that Pacific Quay management knew about the action being taken against the popular pro-independence blogger before the youtube channel was taken down.
The admission by the BBC Scotland official has been presented as further proof of the anti-independence agenda operated by the BBC. Critics have pointed to the fact that both youtube accounts taken down after the BBC’s complaints were run by pro-independence bloggers.
As well as Wings Over Scotland, the youtube account of blogger Peter Curran was also targeted by the broadcaster. Unlike the Wings’ youtube account which has since been re-instated, Curran’s account, which contains nine years of material, remains closed.
The issue has prompted former First Minister Alex Salmond to write a letter to the BBC’s Director General Peter Hall.
In his letter, the former SNP leader wrote: “My interest in the matter is that one of the news excerpts complained about in relation to Wings Over Scotland was an interview with me broadcast in February 2014.
“My concern was also sparked by the refusal of anyone in BBC London to be interviewed on this issue on BBC Scotland’s GMS programme on the radio this morning.”
Mr Salmond has requested an early reply to concerns he raises over the BBC’s handling of the Wings episode, and other related issues.
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