IN 2013, was the BBC offered a deal with the Tory government that it couldn’t refuse? The consistency of its anti-independence coverage was no accident. Well-documented details of its pro-Union stance were heavily criticised by

many including the National Union of Journalists, Dr John Robertson from the University of the West of Scotland, the BBC Trust’s own advisory body in Scotland and the Audience Council Scotland.

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An article in The Sunday Times claimed that the BBC regularly tipped off Better Together in advance of studio debates. Former BBC correspondent Paul Mason said on leaving: “Not since Iraq have I seen BBC News working at propaganda strength like this. So glad I’m out of there.” Channel 4’s then director of creative diversity, Stuart Cosgrove, illustrated how the BBC deliberately covered the referendum like a party political debate, ensuring the indy supporters were outnumbered and given less air time than all the other pro-Union political parties.

The BBC managed to alienate half the population of Scotland while trashing any semblance of impartiality, so what did it gain from its slanted coverage?

Well they have just announced an increase in the TV licence, a move to decriminalise non-payers was dropped by George Osborne and those over 75 will have to pay or risk imprisonmentf. How will the BBC cover a future indyref? Have there already been talks behind the scenes planning their strategy? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Mike Herd