Andy Muirhead at Scotzine was due to be on BBC Radio Scotland Sportsound last night along with me.
As readers will know, that invitation was withdrawn and, according to what I was told by the producer, the item, a discussion about social media involvement in the Rangers story, was pulled as the BBC could not find anyone from the Rangers side of the fence to “balance” the conversation.
Andy has written, at some length, about his involvement in reporting on Craig Whyte, and the subsequent developments in the story. This culminates in his description of how and why he was told that he was not on the programme.
At first reading what he was told does not seem to fit with what I was told.
Of course there can be crossed wires, especially as Andy and I were spoken to by different producers.
However, have a read at what he has to say.
You can find his piece by clicking on the logo below.
I did not believe yesterday when the BBC rang me that there was anything more than what I was told. However, as Andy recollects being told that the “online storm” caused the decision about “balance” to be taken, I might have to re-assess matters.
I think an approach to the BBC to clarify the position will do no harm, if only to reassure me that, as the producer said, the BBC does not give into pressure about who it has on its programmes.
Posted by Paul McConville