April 24th, 2014

BBC Refuses to Comment on BBC Story About the BBC

North of the border the BBC has got itself in some bother this afternoon. Fair and balanced BBC News Scotland correspondent James Cook is reporting that the BBC is facing increasing pressure to explain how it can claim to be impartial on Scottish independence while it remains a member of the CBI, which is a registered backer of the No vote. The BBC Scotland correspondent approached the BBC for an answer, reporting on the BBC website that:

“The BBC is yet to comment on its position.”

Auntie is eating herself…



  1. 1
    The BBC are cunts says:

  2. 2
    redcliffescott says:

    It is either collect licence fees or resign from CBI. No middle ground in their charter to operate and broadcast. Lot more happening, as breaking charter means the expectation that fees from Scots who disagree with their new political position will be paid is at best spurious.
    Suspect that they want BBC Scotland to resign, not all BBC, but with politics beamed from London from a verified political “enemy” and NO campaign member against the government of Scotland it is all or nothing, as their lawyers are no doubt advising them now.

  3. 3
    maggie the dog says:

    Can’t let the jocks go it alone

  4. 4
    Not at all racist says:

    Number of Scottish people on English TV & radio channels: millions.
    Number of English people on Scottish TV & radio channels: approaching zero.


  5. 5

    The real question which needs answering is what on Earth is a publicly funded body such as the BBC is doing holding membership of a body which represents private business?

  6. 6
    James says:

    This is silly, not every labour supporter will vote no but Labour are signed up to the no campaign.

    I do think it strange that the BBC is in the CBI though!

  7. 7
    Pravda aka BBC says:

    Watch London Live, not the BBC.

  8. 8
    jgm2 says:

    Indeed. Makes as much sense as the NHS or the NUT being in the CBI.

  9. 9
    EmPee says:

    F==k The BBC. I have tried, it was the wrong website. More sherry please Nurse.

  10. 10
    Sarah Millington says:

    The same situation exists with the BBC & the EU.

    It is taking soft loans from the EU that have absolutely compromised its impartiality.

    I would like some sunlight on this – both the CBI & EU situations around the BBC.

    It cannot go on like this.

  11. 11
    Gooey Blob says:

    It’s fairly obvious that Scottish independence would be detrimental to the interests of business. What puzzles me more is what a left-leaning public sector monolith like the BBC was doing in the CBI in the first place?

  12. 12
    @hateliebour says:

    bBBC biased, no, just don’t believe that, pigs seen flying over BBC centre Salford.

  13. 13
    Surrey Shiresman says:

    The BBC is like Scotland: full of whingers and funded by subsidy.

  14. 14
    jgm2 says:

    Damned if they do, damned if they don’t on this one. Stay in the CBI and have the Little Scotlanders whining about BBC bias or leave the CBI and have Little Scotlanders giving it ‘See, even the BBC is voting YES!’

    Best to say and so nothing.

  15. 15
    jgm2 says:

    Funded at gunpoint more like.

  16. 16
    Lancashire Procurator Fiscal says:

    Much as I loathe the BBC,- they haven’t even reported on Alex Salmoind shagging Joan McAlipine but the BBC should tell the Seps to Fuck Off.

    Anyone who does anything to annoy the SNP has my full support.

  17. 17
    Welcome to the Hotel California says:

    Actual BBC coverage seems to be heavily slanted toward the ‘Yes’ campaign. Most BBC headlines on this issue seem to consist of Salmond boldly stating that people over which he has no influence most of whom are senior officials or politicians of foreign countries are going to act in exactly the way he wants, just because. This is presented largely without criticism.

  18. 18
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    The BBC is a very slippery state organ.

  19. 19
    jgm2 says:

    Trouble is that if the BBC withdraws from CBI the Little Scotlanders will be giving it ‘Ha, see, even the BBC doesn’t want to be in the UK’.

  20. 20
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    So now !srael has given the one fingered salute to the US sponsored peace process, what happens next ? ;-)

  21. 21
    Expat Geordie says:

    The nature of the headline made me laugh and brought back memories of a similar situation at work a few years ago.

    I had to send some wet proofs of a new item to Royal Mail Totton by Special Delivery for Royal Mail approval. There was no one in at Royal Mail Totton so they were left a card saying that they had called and that the item had been left at, you guessed it, Royal Mail Totton for them to collect.

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    I urge all Scottish voters to vote yes to independence, please!

    Then us English can look forward to never ever having another damaging socialist government ever again at Westminster, thanks a lot.

    You know Salmond is your saviour, every word he utters is so true and should be taken as gospel. You will of course then, live in Utopia, once you become an independent nation. All your problems will be over and nations will look upon the Scots nation and people with awe.

  23. 23
    JH238938409328-0 says:

    I dearly hope Scotland fucks off. Labour would promptly be -50 MPs.

    Sort the boundaries after that and their 35% becomes more like 20%, insufficient for the mafia-of-the-mediocre they are counting on right now.

  24. 24
    @hateliebour says:

    Why is it obvious to you that Scottish independence would be detrimental to business interests, please if possible expand your reasons, I keep looking for problems, the only one I see ,independence has never happened for Scotland in that last 400years and no doubt it’s scary , but business is business and it’s only the taxes that do the damage, will they pay more , will they pay less, it will be new for both countries and the rest of the world, as a free country next to the EU it should do well exporting to the EU, seeing Holland is a major hub.

  25. 25
    Expat Geordie says:

    Is BBC Worldwide a private company? I know that they make a fortune by selling Top Gear and Doctor Who to gullible foreigners, so perhaps this makes them “private”?

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Trust you can evidence that libel.

  27. 27
    innerbearsdenurchin says:



    Somebody told your Grannie’s cat, perchance?

  28. 28
    Expat Geordie says:

    As someone who grew up with the historical knowledge of what happens when the Scots are independent, living in an area that suffers when they become independent, and an area that is strongly unionist as a result, I can only say that I agree with you, and it pains me to say it.

    The battles tend to be fought in my home area, although we always beat them in the end, but since I’m now down south, and the numpties back home vote Labour anyway so it is partly their fault that this is happening, they are welcome to it.

    Any word on who is getting the contract to build the new Checkpoint Charlie at Carter Bar?

  29. 29
    A Taxpayer says:

    Best to just shut down the whole godforesaken edifice.

  30. 30
    innerbearsdenurchin says:

    No law of libel in Scotland

    It is however, defamatory.

  31. 31
    Ed 'The Atheist' Miliband says:

    God loves Isra-el. Vote for me.

  32. 32
    Unbalanced Views says:

    Fully agree, quite how the Jocks intend to fund their economy with poridge and whisky is of course somethign they can sort out later, when they’re beggers at the gates

  33. 33
    Brainwashing Bullshitting Cunts ~BBC says:

    No one respects the BBC’s opinion on anything.

  34. 34
    innerbearsdenurchin says:

    I take it you watch BBC Interstellar News Channel in California?

    Do you ever watch BBC or listen to their radio channels?

    Don’t think so.

  35. 35
    Gooey Blob says:

    Can you imagine the UK and Scotland going head-to-head competing for business investment? I don’t see how the rates of taxation that the UK will set would be politically acceptable north of the border.

  36. 36
    Chris Patten says:

    My bank manager does.

  37. 37
    England says:

    Such are the realities of independence. Or to put it another way, that’s their problem, not ours.

  38. 38

    Surely the BBC has a view as to whether it believes it should be broken up to allow a secessional Scottish Broadcasting Service as proposed by the SNP?

  39. 39
    Unbalanced Views says:

    I’d imagine it will be ‘some eastern Europeans’ – they’ve fist hand experiance of that sort of thing

    I live up north, I can’t wait for the Jocks to slit their own throats by voting yes – Northumberland Whisky anyone ?

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    I’m afraid having a border crossing with the Scots won’t have any effect. You must know by now that we do in fact let any one in, no questions asked.

  41. 41
    Unbalanced Views says:

    sorry, first not fist, I was thinking of something very different while I was typing…

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Storm the BBC, what are they thinking, supporting the No vote!!!
    Storm the BBC, godamn Guardian readers, they want to split UK into 2 anyway.
    Storm the BBC, it would be fun!!!
    1 person, 1 vote, see what happens at the tally up. BBC there to report it. It’s good for me.

  43. 43
    Glyn H says:

    Just been scrolling down to find if anyone had asked this very question; so thank you. (AIMHO; who sanctioned this ludicrous membership, but then we all know that money runs like water through public bodies, local authorities, charities but they will sack the lollipop ladies and WC cleaners etc due to ‘the cuts’, But the engorged management flows on as if Brown had never existed.)

  44. 44
    La Creme Puff (Brian Taylor & Douglas Fraser's love child) says:

    The BBC is there to be a neutral observer and reporter, its not there to be the story.
    Though having said that, some of the current affairs output, such as ‘Reporting Scotland’ and ‘Newsnight Scotland’ find it a problem due to certain Labour supporters that are in situ in Pacific Quay

  45. 45
    La Creme Puff (Brian Taylor & Douglas Fraser's love child) says:

    That’s funny, as STV, the commercial channel in Scotland, quit the CBI and no such claims were made

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Hopefully the Scots will do the sensible thing and vote yes to independence.

    Then all those Scots living in England can f u c k off back to Scotland and take those enormous f u c ki ng big chips with them.

    After all we need all the fucking room we can get now for even more immigrants.

  47. 47
    Peter Martin says:

    The endless 3rd party self-referring to the BBC by the BBC used to amuse, but is clearly another unique way of avoiding anyone answering to account.

    Can’t imagine a Humph or Paxman letting some anonymous spokesperson on to waffle like that, much less let it pass.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    The Scots have really been treated so badly by the English for so many years.

    The best thing is for the Scots to vote for independence. They can then bring case after case in the UN and the European court of justice for slavery and injustices over the centuries. Most English people I know think that this is the best way for them to go and seek justice against the English.

    So in September vote Salmond, what a man, what a politician! It’s not a problem cos if he were to die then his daughters or sons can take over and appear in Braveheart2 or is it 3?

    Scotlands saviour!

  49. 49
    jgm2 says:

    Yeah, but STV is Scottish whereas the BBC isn’t.

  50. 50
    jgm2 says:

    Who’ll be buying their fucking brush-cleaner anyway if they fuck off. Plenty of fine whiskey made elsewhere.

  51. 51
    Expat Geordie says:

    Just worried that when it all goes tits up some of them might try to head south and start stealing shiny things that they won’t have up there any more. Bit like the Russians did with German property in 1945, stealing light bulbs because they thought that they were magic light machines, and toilets because they were magic washing machines.

    Ironically there was an old joke in my family about my dads three sisters who actually managed to marry an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman. The irony is that the only one who can vote in the Referendum is the one who married the Englishman as they live in the Scottish borders.

  52. 52
    anon says:

    No cogent related argument? fuck off then.

  53. 53
    Forgotten Voter-Up North innit says:

    Give the Scots their fair say. TBH getting a vote on anything is a victory in the UK ATM. I believe England should have its own Parliament, and the UK be more Federal. All the LibLabCon do is pay lip service to the English Identity. At least the Scots and Welsh have their own National Parties….

  54. 54
    JH238938409328-0 says:

    Give us the Darien bailout money back with compound interest, and we’ll discuss reparations for all those injustices over the years.

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    I doubt many Scots will be in a rush back to Fucking Scotland. Many of them left because of the nasty Little Scotlanders and the zero ambition that typifies the place. Fucking Scotland is only three handouts from anarchy.

    Then there’s the shitty weather, the shitty weather and the shitty weather.

  56. 56
    carlo gambino says:

    S&P points out that while Icelandic banking assets in the run up to the crash peaked at 880pc of GDP, in post-independence Scotland they would equal 1,254pc of GDP.

    Yeah – independent Scotland – what could possibly go wrong?

    They should rename it Cloudcuckooland.

  57. 57
    carlo gambino says:

    -50 MPs but only after the 2015 election.

    That’s how politicians do things.

  58. 58
    jgm2 says:

    Fucking typical. The UK bails ‘em out twice and then they fuck off with all the money.

  59. 59
    Tezza says:

    I’m surprised that anyone considers the BBC is unbiased any more. Given some of the reporting that I’ve seen over the past 12 months or so, its fairly obvious that the BBC takes a position on an issue and tailors its reporting around that view.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    don’t forget there’s the shitty weather too!

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    That is ever so harsh! True though!

  62. 62
    Antonio Corridoio says:

    Equally important; how much is the annual membership fee we are helping to pay?

  63. 63
    I Fucking Hate The BBC says:

    They are like a political party themselves with a Social Policy, Immigration Policy and Foreign Policy. I always take the opposite view to the one they push.

  64. 64
    Antonio Corridoio says:

    I am astonished The First Minister can see past his rather pronounced tummy.

  65. 65
    Antonio Corridoio says:

    Good point. A yes vote would destabilise the Labour Party and leave us with an English Conservative dictatorship; the Liberal-Demagogues having been already wiped-out in elections at all levels.

  66. 66
    Scottish voter says:

    There was no Darian bale out money,the equivalence money was for Scotland taking on a share of the English national debt.The Bank of England was set up to give King Billy money to build up his navy to be repaid at a generous 8% interest.

  67. 67
    OS1 says:

    BBC Reporting Scotland is the most biased broadcaster in Scotland. It will hunt down the opinion of an Englander in EVERY single item they broadcast. If this is representative of Scotland then there are more Englander’s in Scotland than there are in England.

  68. 68
    Scottish voter says:

    Thank you for that voice of sanity in a sea of ignorance.

  69. 69
    Jock Aye The Noo says:

    Little Scotlander’s this little Scotlander’s that.
    Little Englander’s wonder why they are so despised by the Scots, Oirish, Welsh and EVEN Cornish. Not to mention all Europeans, Yanks and pretty much the entire planet.
    It must be something to do with the little Englander’s never being wrong about anything and are the bestest football players in the world who are always robbed by Johnny Foreigner.

  70. 70
    Jock Aye The Noo says:

    That is the biggest load of pish ever written you fud.

  71. 71
    Cinna says:

    Simply remind the rebellious Scots that the BBC, for all it’s faults (and they are manifest), is the BRITISH BROACASTING CORPORATION, not Scottish. Therefore majority rules, most of the people who pay the BBC tax are in ENGLAND. It is not therefore necessary that the BBC should kowtow to Scottish Nationalists and their warped sense of entitlement.

  72. 72
    Cinna says:

    the first B in BBC stands for BRITISH.

  73. 73
    scottish Voter says:

    There was no Darian bale out. The equivalence payment to Scotland was in compensation for taking on a share of that English national debt. The Bank of England was set up in 1694 to supply King Billy with money to rebuild the English navy,paying back an attractive 8% interest rate.The Act of Union was an anti Roman Catholic act to stop Scotland crowning a pro catholic,pro France monarch.

  74. 74
    Cinna says:

    Roll on independence eh. We don’t want to lose you, but we think you ought to go…please!

  75. 75
    Cinna says:

    Troll somewhere else.

  76. 76
    scottish Voter says:

    Shhhhhh……that wasn’t supposed to come out untill September for maximum effect!

  77. 77
    Cinna says:

    Not to mention the mosquitos.

  78. 78
    Cinna says:

    Well said that man!

  79. 79
    catesby says:

    Didn’t realise BBC was in the CBI so that’s why the Confederation is so fanatically pro-eu then!?

  80. 80
    JPJ2 says:

    Actually at the time of the Acts of Union, Scotland the country (not some soon to be bribed individuals in power) had no debt, while England was deep in debt due to its endless wars.

    I expect it’s some report from the “neutral” BBC that has deceived you, so no need to apologise for your ignorance

  81. 81
    cured lefty says:

    All media push the line ukip are a one man party…take Salmond out the picture and we find the rest are hand puppets flat on their backs.

  82. 82
    Dougal MacDougal of that ilk says:

    It can’t express that view without breaking rules of neutrality.

    Since the other Scots broadcasters and universities and the law society have all left the No- supporting CBI, that shows clearly what unbiased legal advice concludes – that you must withdraw temporarily. The BBC is not withdrawing because it is biased.

    I saw today the Been gave bought Scots-based author JK Rowling’s Labour rant of a novel to serialise, in which all the Tories are fat, greedy and nasty. They will have to hurry to get that out in the run up to the General Election.

  83. 83
    Dougal MacDougal of that ilk says:

    Scots pay 10% of the budget, so if the BBC wants to collect that money in Scotland it will have to cooperate with the government. Currently the BBC spends less than 5% of its budget in Scotland, it does not have a separate national news bulletin to cover Holyrood ( that is covered in local news, which also have to cover city council and town level politics) and most programmes funded from BBC Scotland budget are actually made in England and about something English, it’s just an accountancy fiddle. Meanwhile BBC News is filled with info about NHS, schools, the Archbishop of Canterbury, old age care and so on, none of which applies to Scotland and is confusing and irrelevant.

  84. 84
    Cynic says:

    They have suspended membership

    Cant be too British after all

    Still, think of the Savings when they sell off BBC Scotland and teh Scots have to pay for their own TV

  85. 85
    Welcome to the Hotel California says:

    No, I only read their website.

  86. 86
    EBC says:

    cheer up

    Cilla Black


  87. 87
    Lady Evangeline Forceps says:

    Can’t wait for the dreadful lot to go independent.


  88. 88
    Dai Jestive says:

    Ooooh…. Spot the touchy Scotch.

  89. 89
    what's the story? says:

    And then there is Balamory

  90. 90
    Salt Ire says:

    I’m laughing because I’m amused.

    Vote Yes.

  91. 91
    anon says:

    Of course not all Scots are allowed to vote but lowlife citizens from other EU(SSR) countries resident in the Scotland are.

  92. 92
    Knighty46 says:


  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    And, since the majority of the electorate in the UK are in England, we moaning Scots get no say in who forms the government. So, it is logical we should go for independence and elect our own.

  94. 94
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Why would the BBC be a member of the CBI?

  95. 95
    jdman says:

    how would you feel if the state broadcaster (you are obliged to pay under threat of a jail sentence) deliberately and openly sided with one side of a debate which by any ones measure is 50/50, the “little Scotlander” jibe was uncalled for, and the BBC has an absolute DUTY to resign from the CBI to meet its own standard of impartiality.

  96. 96
    jdman says:

    Cinna says
    “Simply remind the rebellious Scots that the BBC, for all it’s faults (and they are manifest), is the BRITISH BROACASTING CORPORATION, not Scottish.”

    Who the hell do you think you are?
    I will stop now because, your idiotic comment has angered me, which is probably what you set out to do, so well done.

  97. 97
    Jumbo says:

    so the shy sters threatening to sue me for a dropped direct debit to their shyte sub are shyting on abut 1m working on zero hour contracts toady, I mean Toady (sic). Their in house publication has a disproportionatly high number of these so they can fk off

  98. 98
    Bolshevik Brainwashing Commissariat says:


  99. 99
    NE Frontiersman says:

    A friend had a fund-raising project in Scotland a year or so ago, which involved dealing closely with long-established Scottish ‘Mittelstand’ companies, and fitting in with their future charitable intentions.
    It turned out they all had well-developed plans for a move south in the event of a Yes vote.

  100. 100
    English ponce says:

    Yep, what a pity we can’t strip YOUR bank account as well!

  101. 101
    English ponce says:

    Bye suckers!

  102. 102
    English ponce says:

    Reading these comments allows one to realise why the whole world hates the whinging, whining nancy boy English!

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, the English majority rules Scotland – that’s why we want Independence, just as English people would want it if it were ruled by Scotland.

  104. 104

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