Scots are more dissatisfied with the BBC than ANY other group


So whit if am angry? Am aye angry! Get me a drrrink or all kick yer baws ya c….

The Ofcom, BBC Performance Tracker October 2017 – April 2018, makes uncomfortable reading for the BBC.

64% of all UK adults had a favourable overall impression of the BBC. Only 52% felt the same way in Scotland. Remember this overall impression includes the full range of highly impressive nature documentaries, highly popular dramas such as The Bodyguard and the equally popular Strictly Come Dancing. Ofcom did not ask specifically about BBC Scotland News or Reporting Scotland. We can only imagine the result if they had. I guess they wouldn’t risk that.

We do know about the general Radio Scotland audience falling, though. See:

BBC Scotland radio audiences plummet

Asked if they thought that the BBC broadcasts a good range of programmes and

content that represents where they live, 50% of all UK adults agreed but only 39% of Scots felt the same way.

Asked if the BBC shows content that accurately represents and authentically portrays the life and culture of a range of different communities throughout the UK, 59% of all UK adults agreed, but only 55% of the over 65s, 54% of the disabled, 52% of those in social class D/E and, lowest of all, only 51% of Scots, felt the same way.

For more on this, see:

Is the BBC’s violent and troubled, but utterly loyal Scot, just a ‘natural’ choice for writers or is he deliberate propaganda for Better Together?

Asked if the BBC shows programmes and content that are ‘relevant to me’, 58% of all UK adults agreed, but only 53% of members of a minority ethnic group, 52% of the disabled, 49% of the over 65s, 48% of those in social class D/E and, lowest of all, only 46% of Scots felt the same way.

These figures suggest that the BBC is failing to justify the tax it imposes on the people of Scotland. How many have refused to pay and how many are actually watching or listening to their ‘news’ broadcasts, are dark secrets they will not reveal.



6 thoughts on “Scots are more dissatisfied with the BBC than ANY other group

  1. Alasdair Macdonald October 27, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Looking back at the graph you provided, some months ago, about the trend in Radio Scotland viewers, as well as the clear downward trend, I was intrigued by how variable the figures were with such steep peaks and deep troughs. However, on closer examination, I saw that the troughs coincide with June, while the peaks are in winter. Broadly, this coincides with the fitba’ season. On Saturdays, people like me have the football on in the background, for much of the afternoon to get updates on the scores. I really only ‘listen’ – other than for specific ‘goal flashes’ – when we have Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan on. On this programme we have nuance, deeper insights, humour, irreverence, genuine opinion, spontaneity. They and their guests actually debate issues, albeit in a jaunty way and they range beyond football.

    In mornings, as I get showered, dressed and breakfasted, I have GMS on, mainly for things like weather, transport and occasionally I pay attention to a specific part.

    I suspect that much of the ‘listening’ is passive, and only occasionally attentive.

    I listen more often to Radio 3 (Okay, I admit that I am a pretentious pointy-heid) because it actually has programmes – other than the excellent music broadcasts – which actually engage the listener in intelligent conversation. It is just talking heids in a studio and is pretty cheap to produce. Only sparsely does Radio Scotland produce such programmes, despite the fact that there are many interesting people in Scotland, most of whom are fine raconteurs.

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  2. Stuart Mcnicoll October 27, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I had a quick initial scan of the report, perhaps missed it, but no reference as to whether those interviewed were actual licence holders or not. It would seem relevant to me. I watch little terrestrial tv, and what little I watch from any channel has scant reference or even relevance to Scotland as a Nation.

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  3. Legerwood October 27, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Perhaps it is all the programmes labelled, ‘British’ this, ‘British’ that which actually have virtually zero content about any part of Britain or NI other than England. Just for the record, I was less than enamoured with the ‘Bodyguard’ but ‘Killing Eve’ on the other hand is really good.

    BBC Four used to have some good programmes but they now seem to be heavily into recycling their back catalogue. Never watched ‘EastEnders’ or ‘Strictly’.

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  4. IAN Fitzpatrick October 27, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I listen daily to GMSand all news bulletins as I drive around , basically on a keep your enemy close kinda deal . They twist truths, omit important stuff and lie incessantly . They are in essence just a propaganda mouth piece for the UK government . .An absolute disgrace to be truthful .


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