BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme has failed to report not one, but two independent reports showing Scotland’s economy booming.
On Monday morning a report emerged showing Scotland’s economic growth had outperformed the rest of the UK. The good news was boosted when another study revealed Scotland had achieved record foreign investment in 2017.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon acknowledged the significance of the exceptional economic performance. Following news of the inward investment, she tweeted: “With Brexit reducing UK attractiveness overall according to this report, there is certainly no room for complacency – but the detail of this (which is well worth a read) shows another year of outstanding Scottish success in attracting investment.”
The SNP leader later commented on the economic growth figures: “Scottish growth ‘outpacing UK as a whole’ – good news to add to last week’s HMRC figures showing Scottish exports rising faster than other parts of UK – and this morning’s @EYnews survey showing another record year for inward investment to Scotland.”
However, despite their obvious significance, neither story featured on BBC Scotland’s flagship evening news programme Reporting Scotland. The programme covered items including organ transplants, buses, trains and an item on Scottish troops in Iraq. Below is a short clip showing the intro to every news item.
The failure to cover the excellent economic news is in stark contrast to the considerable coverage afforded downbeat economic forecasts eleven days ago.
On May 31st, a report by the Scottish Fiscal Commission led Reporting Scotland and enjoyed considerable resource as can be seen in the clip below.
The decision by Reporting Scotland to maximise coverage of economic bad news whilst completely ignoring economic good news will do little to address the growing erosion of trust in BBC Scotland’s political output. Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, those in control at Pacific Quay insist the station’s output is politically neutral.
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