Trust in BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs department has plummeted further after Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson was provided with a platform to call for backing for Theresa May.
The Tory MSP appeared on prime time news bulletins urging critics of the Prime Minister to back off.
Davidson appeared in a set-piece interview with BBC Scotland reporter Andrew Kerr. The BBC Scotland film crew had been despatched from Glasgow to Davidson’s Holyrood office in order to film the item.
However aside from a token question on so-called ‘Dark Money’ the Tory MSP avoided difficult questions on a range of subjects.
The interview took place only days after Davidson’s latest snub to the BBC’s flagship morning news programme Good Morning Scotland [GMS]. Host Gary Robertson revealed the Scottish Conservative leader had again refused an invitation to appear on the programme to be interviewed.
The refusal to appear on GMS coincided with revelations that Davidson and her MSPs are preparing to vote against a policy they themselves demanded. The P1 assessment stunt was revealed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during this week’s First Minister’s Questions.
Despite Nicola Sturgeon highlighting Scottish Conservative hypocrisy, the issue was not raised during Andrew Kerr’s interview.
Davidson has repeatedly refused to face questions on a string of controversial issues which have included bizarre U-turns on tax rises and broken pledges on frigates.
BBC Scotland has come under fire over its own refusal to door-step the hard-line Unionist politician and to treat her repeated refusals for live interviews as news. Davidson has refused requests for interviews on multiple occasions since 2017.
The Kerr interview comes less than a week after a puff-piece appeared on BBC Scotland online. The article, Ruth Davidson: Pregancy is ‘joyous and hopeful’ was prompted by an article written by the MSP for the Sunday Times in order to plug her new book.
Davidson, often touted as a PM in waiting, has benefited from a string of soft interviews and promotional set-pieces on both the UK BBC and its Scottish branch.
Her pregnancy announcement earlier this year resulted in another promotional set-piece for the Scottish Conservative leader.
BBC Scotland reporters portrayed the Scottish Conservative leader as the winner in th 2017 snap general election – despite Davidson returning 13 MPs to Nicola Sturgeon’s 35.
This latest attempt by the BBC to raise the profile of Davidson has caused fury on social media with some calling the interview ‘blatant progaganda’.
One twitter user, Colin Dunn, said: “Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Davidson is refusing to be interviewed, but us always ready to provide Olympian statements. Her lack of accountability is now the story. Report it.”
Trust in the BBC amongst independence supporting viewers is now at an all-time low. The broadcaster though refuses to admit it operates a pro-Union agenda.
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