BBC ‘Investigative Journalism’ and undermining the reputation of the Scottish Government

I’ve just posted this (snailmail) separately, blind, to the heads of BBC News and the Scottish Government civil service:

Gary Smith

Head of News and Current Affairs

BBC Scotland

Pacific Quay

Glasgow G51 1DA


Leslie Evans

Permanent Secretary

St Andrew’s House

Regent Road

Edinburgh EH1 3DG


22nd November 2016




Freedom of Information Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with details of all Freedom of Information requests made by the BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs Department, of all and any Scottish Government departments, from 12th May 1999 until the present day, ie the date of the arrival of this letter in your hands.

Thank you in anticipation,



John W Robertson, Professor (Retired)



8 thoughts on “BBC ‘Investigative Journalism’ and undermining the reputation of the Scottish Government

  1. finnmacollie November 23, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Best of luck with that one Prof. Don’t hold your breath – I would hate to lose you:)

    You’ll probably find that FOI’s apply to everyone except the BBC.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Clydebuilt November 23, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Yup reckon Finnmacollie is right re FOI’s not applying to the state broadcaster…… Folk have tried it before ….. They have an exemption….. Think the Rev. Tried it…..

    How are the billboards going….any up yet? ….. Best way to counter the blatant propaganda…..


    • johnrobertson834 November 23, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      Still await first actual billboard. I’m just content like stuff and not organisation


  3. johnrobertson834 November 23, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Have written same to UK head of civil service and BBC Salford hq


    • johnrobertson834 November 24, 2016 / 7:38 am

      Yes, I’ve done that too. I can’t remember BBC London now Salford ever saying that they’ve made an FOI request. It’s not the kind of thing PSBs do. Maybe of a corporation but of their own funder?


  4. John Rattray November 23, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Would it not be easier to request the record for requests made by the BBC from the Scottish Government ?

    Liked by 1 person

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