Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Have Rangers just debunked a huge BBC myth...about Rangers...?


There’s a lot to chew through from MD Stewart Robertson’s fightback against the BBC and SFA yesterday, but one of the most telling was the big plot twist that Chris McLaughlin, long-thought to have been banned from Ibrox or at the very least have had his press privileges revoked, is in fact not banned on any level and according to Robertson, no one at the BBC is indeed barred on any level from match day in Govan.

Admittedly Robertston didn’t explicitly refer to McLaughlin by name, but by the force of conclusion of the words he has used, McLaughlin, like everyone else at Pacific Quay, has ‘chosen’ not to cover Rangers matches.

Robertson said:

“We as a club have obviously had our own issues with the BBC – the BBC have refused to attend Ibrox since November 2015, and the dispute has gone on much longer than that. But they’ve confirmed to us recently that they won’t come to Ibrox and did ask to come to Ibrox but only to cover the matches and they wouldn’t interview our manager or players.”

The omission of McLaughlin’s name doesn’t make this statement any less damning – we all knew the BBC had boycotted Ibrox and refused to engage with our employees, but the fact Robertson made the explicit and sweeping statement that the BBC won’t come to Ibrox to interview anyone suggests any ban McLaughlin might ever have had is now over and he, along with his colleagues simply will not come to Rangers beyond covering a live match.

Robertson discusses how this is cheating a portion of the population who don’t have access to cable and satellite, and rely on terrestrial TV, and he is absolutely right.

Whatever disagreements these two groups have had, the BBC are once again violating their own mission statement by boycotting us.

Again, poor.

10 comments:

  1. Can I suggest that as a group of fans, we start making our views known to the BBC. I am copying a link which explains simply and in detail how to make a complaint. I used it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. There are more than enough Rangers fans to swamp BBC Scotland with complaints.
    1) Keep it short and sweet, doesn't need War and Peace
    2) Keep it polite, or they can just write you off as a thug

    http://club1872.co.uk/news/media-guidance-for-supporters/

    Let's drown them in complaints RTID

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  2. Trial by TV

    The BBC & SFA have effectively won the league for Celtic.

    If the SFA don’t get they act together then we must go to a higher authority & move to a British League.

    Whether or not the BBC (Scotland) give undue attention to particularly incidents ignoring others or not surely they do not cover every incident?

    Whether this behaviour was acceptable or not when the refereeing of a match concluded at the final whistle surely the detailed review of selected incidents is reasonably “sub-judice” when the match incidents are now open to further review by the authorities in Scotland?

    Teams being more exposed to television coverage are more exposed to trial by TV, & subject to the TV selection procedures.

    It is not up to the BBC to select the “cases” for trial regardless of whether or not “they” deem their coverage fair?

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  3. only one way we can win is move out scotland, let scottish football die ,or do not attend away games , wee all know whats going on ,no mention off under 17 winning trophy anywhere in scotland ,thats criminal,we have to do something ,

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  4. Done: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/

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  5. Someone is lying.

    Response from the BBC
    "The central part of this dispute is that Rangers is continuing to operate an exceptional ban of one of our journalists,
    We have offered to return to Ibrox to provide commentary, as per our contracted rights, while we try to find a permanent solution to the overall dispute, but Rangers have said this is unacceptable. “Our coverage, including analysis and comment, is editorially fair. “We will continue to speak to both Rangers and the SPFL about the situation as we believe it’s in the best interest of our audiences to restore the ability to bring commentaries from all SPFL grounds.”

    No point complaining, just read that they review the complaints themselves, best just to cancel the licence fee. Especially seeing as the twat we banned his now head of sports for the new Scottish channel they're launching (it's only going to get worse)

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  6. Thanks Joe and SWH. I have lodged my complaint. I think a mass complaint is the only way to get notice. I would suggest that everyone ask for a reply (it gives you the option) as that will cause them further work and therefore concentrate their minds on the need to sort this issue.

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  7. Thought you guys might like to see the reply I get back from the BBC, regarding this... Dear Mr Chalmers

    Thanks for your comments regarding our coverage of Rangers.

    Our coverage, including analysis and comment, is editorially fair. The central part of this dispute is that Rangers is continuing to operate an exceptional ban on one of our journalists which severely restricts our ability to report freely from Ibrox. We have offered to return to Ibrox to provide commentary, as per our contracted rights, while we try to find a permanent solution to the overall dispute, but Rangers have said this is unacceptable. We will continue to speak to both Rangers and the SPFL about the situation as we believe it’s in the best interest of our audiences to restore the ability to bring commentaries from all SPFL grounds.

    Thank you again for getting in touch. Your feedback has been registered on our daily audience log, an internal document made available to all our teams and senior BBC management.

    Details of the BBC complaints process are available online at:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/handle.shtml

    Kind Regards

    BBC Complaints Team
    www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

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    1. Joe
      At least you ahve got a reply. All I have had so far is a holding email

      "Your Reference CAS-5313507-M73K8Y

      This is an update to let you know that we had referred your complaint to the relevant people and regret that it may take a little longer before we can reply. Please do not contact us in the meantime.

      Although we reply to most complaints within 2 weeks we cannot achieve this every time. It depends on what your complaint was about and how many others we are handling, or may sometimes be due to more practical issues. For example a production team may already be working on another programme or have gone on location"

      Maybe one day. About to fire off another one asking why they jumped on Steve Clarke comments after ignoring abuse of Kris Boyd

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    2. Got my reply
      Dear

      Reference CAS-5313507-M73K8Y

      Thank you for your correspondence.

      We have reviewed the photographs made available by the various agencies we use and none offered the image of Kilmarnock’s Alan Power catching Ryan Jack in the face.

      In this instance, we chose from the images available the one that we felt best represented the incident. We could have used a still from the video footage – which was included in our coverage and showed the incident in full – but this is a longer process. In hindsight, we could still have used this option.

      We do not believe that our image selection downplayed the incident, and we fully reported on it as well as providing video footage of the incident.

      Thanks again for your feedback. We’ve included your comments in our overnight reports, among the most widely read sources of feedback in the BBC, ensuring that complaints are seen quickly by the right people.
      Kind regards
      Danny Brown
      BBC Complaints Team

      So, they don't think it is wirth the time and effort to get a copy of a photo showing the incident clearly. Presumably advised by the same lawyer who told the SFA that they don't have to look at any footage showing Bachman deliberately elbowing Kamara.
      And people think we are paranoid, FFS
      RTID

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