Once more, STV reported the news for adults while BBC Scotland concentrated on inequalities in education using evidence and policy-free stories from Douglas Fraser, some encouraging opinions from some nice kids in North Ayrshire and some bleeding obvious statements from a professor of teacher-training. Ironically, according to Jackie bird, Douglas had ‘done his homework’ on this one. Was that a joke, maybe? Oh, education, I get it. Nice one Jackie!
Both opened with the gangland murder but STV went on quickly to cover Prime Minister’s Questions with a clearly rattled PM reduced to ‘nah, nah, nah’ rather than answering any questions.
From STV, we heard Angus Robertson of the SNP say:
‘The Institute for Government which has close ties to the civil service has published a report. It says the UK Government has an approach toward Brexit which is and I quote, ‘chaotic and dysfunctional, that Brexit poses an existential threat to operations in Whitehall departments, that the Prime Minister has a secretive approach toward Brexit and that the present situation is unsustainable.’
I suppose using words like ‘existential’ shows that STV and BBC Scotland differ in their assessment of their audience’s intelligence. You’d think STV would have alerted BBC Scotland to the abovementioned report. It seems important. They’ll be gutted about missing it because it is their mission to inform, isn’t it? After the PM’s response we heard from the reporter:
‘That drew an angry response from the SNP who said that Unionist parties argued for a ‘No vote’ on the Independence Referendum as the only way of keeping Scotland in Europe.’
Altogether, with additional explanation from the reporter, this was the kind of thing you might expect on a ‘News’ programme. As on Monday, STV keep mentioning the SNP and letting SNP politicians speak. Watching BBC Scotland this week you’d think it was still 1997 and SNP government was only a crazy dream.
BBC Scotland missed the whole thing. Don’t they know about Prime Minister’s Questions? Have they just given up on a ‘Scottish 6’ and are they now bidding for a morning slot on BBC2 with target audiences in schools and old folk’s homes?
Remember, BBC Reporting Scotland is currently attempting to make up for last semester’s failed assessment. Here’s how the Guardian reported it in May 2016:
‘Has Scotland fallen out of love with the BBC? Its views have now been officially measured in a UK-wide study, and the answer appears to be yes: Scottish audiences have a problem – a bigger problem than any other part of the UK. In a study published by the UK government alongside last week’s white paper on the BBC’s future, based on two mass surveys of around 2100 people, it found Scotland’s viewers were consistently the most critical and least supportive of any demographic group, whether by place of residence, age, or social group.’
In the full report, below, there are 52 (52!) references to BBC Scotland doing less well than the other regions. It was a catastrophic failure. Watching Reporting Scotland this week, it looks like they have learned nothing.