Amazing scenes outside BBC Scotland HQ as thousands protest at anti-indy bias


  Thousands of people have taken part in a march and rally in protest at the BBC’s coverage of the independence debate.
The rally, which comes four days before the independence referendum, saw a huge march from George Square in Glasgow to the BBC’s Scottish HQ at Pacific Quay.

The rally, which is still going on, will feature singers and speakers addressing a crowd angry at the BBC’s refusal to provide balanced coverage of the independence referendum.

The event is being broadcast live by media newcomers Independence Live.  The short clip below shows the scenes from earlier on.

The crowd could be heard chanting for BBC cameras to come out and film the event.  Requests for a response from BBC Scotland management was met by a refusal, with an unnamed official telling the organisers to come back during normal work hours of 9am to 5pm.

There were boos when a banner featuring BBC correspondent Nick Robinson was paraded. 

This week the BBC correspondent faced ridicule after falsely reporting that First Minister Alex Salmond had refused to answer a question posed by the senior BBC reporter.  However a video of the press conference called into question the BBC report after it showed that Mr Salmond had indeed given an answer.

The video – published below – showing the exchange between Mr Robinson and Mr Salmond, has been viewed by over 400,000 people.

Days earlier Reporting Scotland presenter Jackie Bird had told viewers that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said a currency union would be “incompatible with an independent Scotland”.  It subsequently transpired that Mr Carney had never used the phrase ‘independent Scotland’ but had in fact used the term ‘sovereignty’ – a wholly different thing.

Yesterday the BBC’s former Business Editor, Paul Mason, launched a stinging attack on the BBC over its coverage of the Scottish independence campaign.

Mason, who worked for the BBC for 12 years before becoming Economics Editor at Channel 4 News in 2013, wrote on his Facebook page that, “Not since Iraq have I seen BBC News working at propaganda strength like this. So glad I’m out of there.”

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