My complaint to BBC re bias in their report on Business Confidence

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BBC News (TV, Radio and website)
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Imbalance in report Business Confidence Scotland
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The report was: ‘‘Most of Scotland’s small firms expect conditions to deteriorate according to research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses. It found that business confidence was at a lower level in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK. A separate report from the Bank of Scotland suggests falling levels of entrepreneurship and a decrease in the number of new start-ups here.’ This had three negatives and no positives yet the Bank of Scotland report was much more positive overall. Here’s an extract from another report: ‘‘Scotland has managed to withstand a sharp decline in the number of start-up businesses in the last five years. The findings of a Bank of Scotland study reveal that 3% fewer new businesses were started in Scotland in November 2016 compared to November 2011, while the UK figure dropped by 19%. (See table 1) Regionally, the data from BankSearch shows that Wales has seen the largest decline in new start-ups, falling by over a quarter (26%). England has also been hit hard, declining by a fifth (20%). As this is where the greatest volume of new start businesses are launched, this equates to nearly 100,000 fewer new businesses created in 2016.’ and: ‘In contrast to England and Wales, the view in Scotland is much more encouraging, with almost half (14 of 32) of Scottish regions seeing growth in the number of start-up businesses over the last five years.’ Clearly the BBC report was highly selective with regard to the Bank of Scotland report leading viewers to hear a biased/imbalanced report. :

6 thoughts on “My complaint to BBC re bias in their report on Business Confidence

  1. Finnmacollie January 11, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I await with interest the usual pro forma reply stressing impartiality and accuracy – in fact I’m quite sure you could write the reply yourself by now:)

    Also last night on Reporting Far North of Britain they ran with “critics” of the baby box scheme saying that the money could be better spent elsewhere. The “critics” turned out to be a Times reporter with a proven anti SNP background (see GAPonsonby)

    Just out of interest I wonder how many Scottish Government /SNP press releases are ignored in favour of ones from opposition parties. No point doing an FOI request to find out.


    • johnrobertson834 January 12, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Thanks Finn but it’s been a while since my last one. I hope it pisses them off.


  2. Clydebuilt January 11, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Can’t fault your clear logic, an open and shut case. The reply will need a bit of creative writing.

    Keep up the good work John……. Top Scottish Blogger 2017……


  3. Col January 13, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I have to say from watching first minister’s questions the other day the bias started immediately with two unionist commentators twisting proceedings out of all recognition.
    The subsequent reporting from Pacific Quay edited proceedings to paint a wholly different picture also.
    I believe from reading a comment on another pro indy blog that the radio was no different in pushing the agenda.
    I wonder if any of our friends from Europe could help us take down once and for all the British propaganda that denies us our democratic rights which surely are written into law somewhere.
    Are they even aware that Westminster tightly controls what we see and hear on a daily basis?


    • johnrobertson834 January 14, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Actually they’re even written into the BBC Charter but they feel free to interpret balance and impartiality using ‘editorial values’ which they don’t define.


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