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Tag: Gary Robertson

BBC Scotland – The Unionists’ most powerful weapon

By The Media Monitor Immediately after the 2014 Indyref, the then incoming head of BBC Scotland openly admitted...

Is there a freeze on asking Labour any council tax policy...

By G.A.Ponsonby John Swinney delivered his budget for next year yesterday.  Any Scottish Finance Minister has limited scope in what he or she can do...

Why are Labour politicians given an easy ride by BBC News...

By G.A.Ponsonby It’s a common refrain from independence supporters:  Unionist politicians, especially Labour politicians, are rarely challenged with the same vigour by BBC interviewers as...

Migrants, ‘jokes’ and tweets – the language distortions of broadcast news

By G.A.Ponsonby I once read a hilarious book, ‘The Meaning Of Liff’, written by the late Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.  It was a spoof...

Reporting Scotland: Not much news reported, just plenty of “reaction”?

By G.A.Ponsonby The editor of the BBC's "flagship" news programme Reporting Scotland took issue last week with critical comments made in a Newsnet.scot article by media...

Good Morning North Britain, or The Day Scotland ‘disappeared’

By G.A.Ponsonby Last week an article I contributed to Newsnet,  based on analysis I had carried out of BBC Scotland's flagship morning news programme Good...

All BBC interviews are equal, but some are more equal than...

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby Last week was George Osborne budget week. BBC Scotland gave us full-on coverage. Osborne's announcements saturated broadcast and online output, as it should...