11 March 2019

BBC Scotland Forced Into Apologising To Rangers Yet Again

BBC Scotland has again apologised to Rangers following yet another negligent misrepresentation of the club via the broadcaster's online channels, the CRO has learned.

As highlighted by Comm's Director Jim Traynor in his recent interview with Club 1872 (around 6 minutes in), Pacific Quay staff couldn't help themselves and resulted to the classic "Rangers-Ibrox-Gates-Taxman.jpg" stock image for the image on a recent story that, you guessed it, had nothing to do tax.

A complaint from Rangers was answered with an apology via private channels, though the club is pushing for the BBC to apologise in public, CRO understands.

The club has also demanded an explanation over the handling of reporting of a Hibs fan entering the pitch and physically confronting Rangers captain James Tavernier during Friday's SPFL contest at Easter Road.

Of course, BBC Scotland has been persona non grata at Ibrox since the club refused to issue media credentials to alleged reporter Chris McLaughlin (and part-time blogger Graham Spiers) in summer 2015. That action came on the back of McLaughlin receiving and publishing supposed details of a SPFL match delegate report prior to the report even being submitted to the governing body.

The CRO has yet to gain comment from BBC Scotland on just why a sport reporter needs credentialed in order to re-print emails from Jack Irvine wholesale, and, in any case, McLaughlin is no longer a football reporter. Despite this, the broadcaster continues to self-enforce a ban from Ibrox out of... spite? Idiocy? Something.

BBC Scotland has also used its Sportscene program to carry on a pattern of selective outrage and to push a woefully incompetent SFA compliance officer into issuing retrospective punishments on Rangers players.

We'll update when BBC Scotland apologises for its coverage of Tav being attacked, what will be their fifth apology to Rangers in a year.