Rangers fans shouldn’t be necessarily that surprised, but once again the national state broadcaster the BBC has chosen to completely whitewash the U17s stunning triumph in Doha earlier this week against Roma to win the Alkass tournament, failing to even mention the achievement on any level.
It seems pretty staggering that a public-funded group like the BBC would commit total radio silence over one of Britain’s biggest clubs winning an international tournament over the likes of Spartak Moscow, Roma, Real Madrid and PSG, to mentioned just four, but there you go.
We know Rangers and the BBC’s relationship over the past decade has not been the best, but even if individuals have axes to grind in various echelons of each group, the BBC’s job is neutrality and impartiality, and 100% omitting any coverage, footage or indeed a mention at all is quite simply against their mission statement:
“The BBC is a public service organisation. Our five public purposes are central to us serving the public and help us achieve our core mission to inform, educate and entertain. To provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them. The BBC will provide accurate and impartial news, current affairs and factual programming of the highest editorial standards so that all audiences can engage fully with issues across the UK and the world.”
And yet Rangers’ stunning victory in Qatar was absolutely erased from any sense of ‘information’.
If not for Rangers’ own channels, the average punter in Scotland would not have even known this tournament was taking place, far less that Rangers brought the trophy home.
The BBC have clearly failed their own mission statement here – to inform. Neutrality. Completely whitewashing this story from their airwaves is basically censorship and not what they are funded publicly to do.