Reporting Scotland forced to issue on-air apology after broadcasting fake news

Reporting Scotland has been forced into broadcasting an on-air apology after claims relating to the SNP made on the programme turned out to be false.

On Monday night’s programme, viewers heard presenter Jackie Bird say former First Minister Alex Salmond had been investigated after complaints were passed to police by the SNP.

Following news that Edinburgh Airport staff had been interviewed by police in relation to a so-called ‘incident’ involving Mr Salmond, Ms Bird said: “A police investigation into the former First Minister of Scotland was launched in September after the Scottish National Party passed two complaints of sexual harassment to the authorities.”

However the claim that the SNP had passed complaints to the police was false.  The complaints had in fact been passed to Police Scotland by the Scottish Government’s civil service and not the SNP.

The blunder led to an embarrassing apology being read out by the presenter the next evening.  Referring to the her claims the previous evening that the SNP had passed complaints to police, Ms Bird said: “This part of the story was incorrect.  The complaints were made to the Scottish Government, not to the SNP, we apologise for this error.”

The on-air apology follows a similar apology in August this year after the BBC broadcast false claims in relation to the GERS report, which covers Scotland’s finances.  The BBC had claimed the Scottish Government spent £13.5 billion more than it raised.  The claim was false.

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, BBC Scotland insists its political output is not biased against the SNP or independence and is in fact fair and impartial.

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6 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland forced to issue on-air apology after broadcasting fake news

  1. Davy

    “BBC Scotland insists its political output is not biased against the SNP or independence”

    ‘This is a political broadcast on behalf of the ( PIGS CAN FLY PARTY )’.

  2. John

    As long as people keep complaining to the BBC and Reporting Scotland and the more they have to apologise on-air , the more the Scottish people will conclude it is because the BBC tell lies and see that it truly is a government tool to help discredit the SNP daily ! .

  3. Dawn in NL

    It is still a bit confusing. The para beginning ‘However the claim’ says that the SNP passed complaints to the police. The next para beginning ‘The blunder’ says that the apology was as follows ‘The complaints were made to the Scottish Government, not to the SNP’.

  4. millie

    In this instance, I reckon the BBC weighed the situation up and decided to make the apology because it allowed them to repeat, and remind people of the complaints against Alex Salmond.

  5. isobel waller

    if we all start talking about BBC and then we do not think about the EU situation this is what BBC want— remember they are the voice of the current UK GOVERNMENT the BBC IS NOT FOR SCOTLAND they work against Scotland

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