The BBC has no moral authority


John Drummond

While it is encouraging that the legal challenge to the BBC is proceeding, it is important to keep an eye on the bigger picture.

Whatever the outcome of the legal action, it is clear that the BBC has lost all moral authority in Scotland.  This means that change is inevitable.

The question now is; what sort of improvement is best?
To answer this point we need to examine a range of factors.

Primarily, it will be necessary to assert Scottish democratic control over its national broadcaster.  This means a radical shake up, rather than the usual tinkering.

Perhaps the Scottish Broadcasting Commission might be reconstituted; this time with a much greater brief to include recommendations for Scottish governance of the broadcaster.