Reporting Scotland has failed to give Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech the same high-profile as that of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.
Instead of leading BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme, the SNP leader’s keynote speech was relegated to second spot, behind a story about attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.
The decision by the editorial team to relegate the SNP leader’s speech contrasts with the programme’s treatment of Ruth Davidson’s speech one week earlier. The Scottish Conserative leader’s conference speech was considered important enough to lead the programme.
The episode follows similar favourable treatment of Davidson who was given what many people considered to be a very easy interview by BBC Scotland presenter Gordon Brewer on the eve of her party conference.
The BBC man altered his approach markedly when faced with the SNP’s Ian Blackford one week later, repeatedly hectoring and interrupting the SNP MP.
The relegation of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech by Reporting Scotland, despite her status as First Minister, will be seen by many critics as further evidence of the broadcaster’s anti-SNP agenda. Despite overwhelming evidence, the station denies its political output is biased against the SNP or independence.
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