Sunday, 31 October 2010
On Thursday night I was shocked to hear the manner in which David Dimbleby spoke to Nicola Sturgeon on the BBC flagship programme Question Time, which was broadcast from Glasgow. What he said is well reported here by Joan McAlpine.
Perhaps Mr Dimbleby isn't happy 'his' programme is now produced from Glasgow and he has to visit occasionally, but at his age he ought to know by now that Scotland differs from England in many ways and when it is broadcast from Scotland our issues should take precedent.
There's no point in complaining to the BBC because the usual response will be received. 'Question Time is a UK programme' is a likely reply. Shamefully, on this week's programme, they couldn't produce any Scottish politicians other than Ms Sturgeon who regularly attends this programme in support of Scotland. She coped admirably with Dimbleby's snubs and I'm sure she had far less airtime than any other panellist on this show. Ed, the libdem individual, seemed to be given as much interrupted airtime as he desired - and that was a fair bit.
Mark has been noting the BBC's broadcasting hours given to Labour's Scottish branch's conference in Oban. There have been 20 hours of broadcasting, according to his calculations, and yet the SNP conference received a mere 3 hours. He suggests some of you may wish to add to the 38 Degrees Campaign forum if you want to add your views.
Do we have an impartial BBC? Not in Scotland. The quicker we have control of our own broadcasting the better. Of course that would mean having our own fiscal powers and that wouldn't suit Mr Dimbleby in the least, would it.