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Nationalists March Against 'Biased' BBC Scotland Vote Coverage

Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 12:23 PM

Some 2,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Glasgow Sunday to protest against the BBC's coverage of Scotland's independence referendum, four days before the knife-edge vote.

Demonstrators claimed that coverage by the British broadcaster has been biased against the separatist "Yes" camp, which wants Scotland to break away from the rest of Britain.

They chanted and waved banners in favour of independence as they marched from the city's George Square along the banks of the River Clyde to the headquarters of BBC Scotland.

First Minister Alex Salmond this week accused the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson of heckling him at a media briefing.

Salmond, who is leading the "Yes" campaign, also told this week's Sunday Herald newspaper that the BBC's coverage was biased.

"Don't get me wrong, I like these folk, but they don't realise they're biased. It's the unconscious bias which is the most extraordinary thing of all," he said.

The BBC insists its coverage of the debate has been balanced and impartial and that Robinson's questioning of Salmond was "valid".

Opinion polls have showed the "Yes" camp narrowing the gap in the referendum campaign in recent days and now indicate that the result Thursday could go either way.

In the event of Scotland voting for independence on September 18, the "Yes" camp says BBC programmes would continue to be available in Scotland but a new Scottish Broadcasting Corporation would also be developed.

 

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Some 2,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Glasgow Sunday to protest against the BBC's coverage of Scotland's independence referendum, four days before the knife-edge vote.Demonstrators claimed that coverage by the British broadcaster has been biased against the...
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