The big storyThe BBC Trust report pledging to put the corporation’s services in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland at the top of the agenda after charter renewal also offers some good indications about why that will be necessary. Though satisfaction with services is generally high, Scotland in particular is not quite so pleased with what it gets from the BBC in terms of TV news.
The report cites two main reasons for dissatisfaction. The first, that there is not always enough content focused on Scottish issues, is theoretically easy to fix. The creation of a Scottish Six news programme should make a big difference.
However, the second issue, concerns over impartiality, looks like much tougher. Whether or not the BBC’s coverage of the Scottish referendum was always completely impartial, there is a perception among some (on both sides) that it is biased. That perception is hard to shift, and it may be may be difficult to win over those who think the BBC is not playing it straight.
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And finally....As the Mail suffers an identity criss and decides to prioritise a female athlete’s name over a man’s, at least we now know what an acceptable celebration is:
— Alastair Jamieson (@alastairjam) August 17, 2016
Daily Mail clears up the issue of 'acceptable' Olympic celebrations pic.twitter.com/4bIClQmSuK