Scottish film-maker appeals for funds to complete ‘BBC bias’ project

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By a Newsnet.scot Reporter

Pro independence film maker Alan Knight is attempting to raise money to complete a documentary based on the G.A. Ponsonby book “London Calling – How the BBC Stole the Referendum”.

His renewed appeal coincides with today’s publication of the UK Government White Paper into the future of the BBC, expected to include changes to the way the corporation is governed. It remains unclear whether UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale intends to respond meaningfully to the many complaints about the way BBC News operates in Scotland.

Knight, who is convinced a second referendum is on the way, launched an initial £20,000 appeal to help make his film, which pursues the theme that the BBC’s establishment view worked actively against the Yes campaign during the 2014 campaign.

Ponsonby was a founder of Newsnet Scotland and previously edited the site before its relaunch 18 months ago.

“The appeal raised almost three quarters of the £20,000 target. The cash raised allowed me to start my project, filming for which was completed earlier this month,” explained Knight. “The project is now in its editing and production phase – the final lap.  I am busy editing the footage we have filmed and constructing a narrative and shape for the finished documentary.

“There is a considerable amount of technical and creative work still to be carried out in order to create the professional and polished finished product this project deserves. Although I can keep costs to a minimum, it will still require some further donations from supporters in order to cover these final costs.

“I have therefore launched this top-up appeal, in the hope that we can find the £5000 shortfall from the initial appeal. The short trailer for our appeal is a ROUGH EDIT of one of the scenes in the film, giving supporters an idea of what is coming. I now hope to complete the project by late June, if not before. With a second independence referendum now almost certain, this documentary will be key to ensuring the power of the BBC is curtailed.