The National:

WE at The National are no strangers to the BBC Press Office, certainly in Glasgow, but occasionally we’ve had to contact their counterparts in London.

These communications are often by phone but more frequently by email, and our address books are full of the addresses of various BBC staffers.

Imagine our surprise today when we had to contact the London media team using an online form that required our email address.

The missive sat stubbornly on screen, gong nowhere. Underneath it, in red lettering there was a series of messages, telling us the system did not recognise our .scot email address.

“’’ is no valid hostname for email address … '' appears to be a DNS hostname but cannot match TLD against known list … '' appears to be a local network name but local network names are not allowed.”

We’re waiting for someone from the BBC in London to get back to us to explain why, when governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies around the world accept .scot emails, the BBC cannot.

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