Anti-Bias campaign group announce second BBC Scotland demo

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By a Newsnet reporter

A campaign group calling for an end to what it claims is a skewing of the news by BBC Scotland, has announced a second demonstration.
 
Scheduled for this Saturday 28th July between 11am and 4pm, the group, made up of members of the public concerned about falling standards of reporting at the BBC, will gather at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow to protest about what they claim are deliberate attempts by elements within BBC Scotland to “misinform and mislead” Scottish viewers.

By a Newsnet reporter

A campaign group calling for an end to what it claims is a skewing of the news by BBC Scotland, has announced a second demonstration.
 
Scheduled for this Saturday 28th July between 11am and 4pm, the group, made up of members of the public concerned about falling standards of reporting at the BBC, will gather at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow to protest about what they claim are deliberate attempts by elements within BBC Scotland to “misinform and mislead” Scottish viewers.

The demo will be the second such protest to be held outside the BBC building this year and follows a similar event in May that saw around 150 people demonstrate with banners and placards calling for balance in BBC Scotland political news coverage.

Organisers of this Saturday’s event have highlighted the removal of the user comments facility from BBC Scotland blogs as evidence of the corporation’s attempt to silence the right of reply.  There is also concern that new impartiality guidelines recently brought in after complaints from the Scottish government, are being ignored.

Campaigners have cited political debates and discussions containing only Unionist leaning commentators, as examples of a partisan culture with one example being a recent Politics Scotland programme that featured a panel consisting only of three Unionist leaning journalists – all of whom attacked the SNP.

Describing some BBC Scotland news items as little more than “anti-independence propaganda”, organisers said they would continue to hold protests until the BBC complies with its own charter and guidelines.

Organisers said the protest would call on the BBC to provide factual, informative and balanced reporting in the run up to the 2014 referendum.

They added: “the people of Scotland … have a right to make this historic decision based on the full facts and to have accurate, balanced and truly impartial reporting of the most important debate in over 300 years.”

The organisers have encouraged anyone dissatisfied with BBC Scotland news reporting to join other demonstrators at Pacific Quay between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 28th July.

Independent production company, Equinox TV – who are currently producing a documentary that looks at BBC Scotland political coverage – will be in attendance to record and produce an impartial news report about the demonstration.

The demonstration will also see the public release of the “Abominable No Man”, a new pro-independence caricature, whose aim, say protestors, is to expose the “Better Together” team and their myth spreading and scaremongering.

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