NOTEBOOK: NEVER ANY INTENTION TO SCRAP DAILY NICOLA

Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, Kenny MacAskill and Peter Murrell.
Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, Kenny MacAskill and Peter Murrell.

BBC Scotland will continue to screen Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus briefings live on TV in the “coming weeks”.

The pledge came following criticism of the broadcaster’s announcement last week that televised coverage would be based on “editorial merit”.

Donalda MacKinnon, pictured left, BBC Scotland director, said there had never been any intention to stop coverage.

She added that “other voices and perspectives” would now feature alongside the FM’s weekday briefings.

In an email to staff, Ms MacKinnon explained: “We’ve said now that we’ll look at the briefings in the round – meaning we’ll broadcast them live on TV when we are in a period of the pandemic when there is significant public information being shared, such as new measures being introduced and implemented, rising rates of cases, a three weekly review update or other public information.”

The first minister had said that it was a matter for the BBC to decide what it broadcast, but she believed that her “ability to communicate directly with the public has never been more important”.

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A Dumbarton-based housing association has voted in favour of transferring all its assets to a larger social landlord – in what has been hailed as a major step towards the regeneration of part of the town.

The Bellsmyre Housing Association (BHA) members overwhelmingly backed a proposal to transfer all of the organisation’s property and assets to Caledonia Housing Association.

Caledonia says the vote will enable a £30 million regeneration plan for homes and services in the old Glenside part of Bellsmyre to go ahead.

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Don’t believe everything you read in the papers (or write in them for that matter).

It didn’t take Lewis Goodall, the policy correspondent of BBC Newsnight, long to establish that Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon may be miles ahead in the opinion polls over the Prime Minister Boris Johnston in relation to their handling the Covid-19 crisis.

Goodall, who was up here to look at the imminent demise of Richard Leonard as the Scottish Labour leader, interviewed Angus Robertson, who is hoping to become the SNP’s candidate for Edinburgh Central, will launch his online platform today in the hope of convincing members he should stand for the seat formerly held by Ruth Davidson.

The truth of the of the matter is that Nicola’s media performances may be better than Boris’s, but that they have handled the Covid crisis equally badly in high profile areas such as when the lockdown was imposed and lifted, deaths in care homes and the availability of PPE and test and trace.

Robertson, a feisty Nat who was bumped out of his Westminster seat in December , will launch his online platform today in the hope of convincing members he should stand for the seat.

 

2 comments

  1. Angus Robertson is I suspect dead meat for the Edinburgh Central seat.

    Both he and his wife Jeniffer (nee Dempsey and ex Bute House SPAD) are widely viewed as malign, divisive and not to trusted.

    The arrogance that he will be a shoo in will also rankle with voters.

  2. Angus Robertson is I suspect dead meat for the Edinburgh Central seat.

    Both he and his wife Jenifer ( nee Dempsey and ex Bute House SPAD) are widely viewed as malign, divisive and not to trusted.

    The arrogance that he will be a shoe in will also rankle with voters.

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