Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby has controversially claimed the Scottish independence referendum “brutalised politics”.
The Question Time presenter also claimed families were set against each other and people were frightened to put posters in their windows during the campaign.
Speaking on BBC Scotland, Dimbleby said: “Here in Scotland the independence referendum brutalised politics.
“You saw families set against each other, you saw people not putting notices up in their windows because they were frightened.”
The remarks were made on the new BBC Scotland podcast ‘podlitical’ which sees a group of young presenters and reporters discuss current affairs.
The programme, aimed at a younger audience, is headed by BBC Scotland’s Westminster reporter Nick Eardley, seen standing on the right hand side of the image.
However neither Eardley nor any of his BBC Scotland colleagues challenged Dimbleby’s claims. At least two of the young BBC Scotland team appeared to mutter agreement at the Question Time host’s remarks.
The Scottish independence referendum is widely accepted to have been one of the most peaceful constitutional referendums ever held anywhere in the world. The campaign witnessed political engagement right scross Scotland with young and old taking part in events, debates and rallies.
The comments from one of the BBC’s most senior presenters will do little to repair the reputational damage suffered by the BBC in Scotland as a result of its coverage both during and after the Indyref.
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