As Rangers fans are well aware, there’s a bit of a tiff going on with Rangers and the BBC right now.
And one of our intrepid readers, a Mr Joe Chalmers, recently got in touch with Pacific Quay directly, to hear their take on the whole saga personally.
Joe sent us the response, and here’s what the Beeb said:
“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.”
In short, the BBC claim Chris McLaughlin remains barred from Ibrox, while Rangers alluded to this not being the case at all.
Someone is clearly not telling the truth here, and we must admit even if McLaughlin is banned, he is not the only senior reporter at the BBC who could come to Ibrox and carry out full match day duties.
No, the BBC have continued to boycott Ibrox, for reasons which appear to vary depending on which source you read, and for the foreseeable future, it’s not going to change.
We have to applaud Stewart Robertson for opening this can of worms again – it was about time it was discussed, but even if McLaughlin’s alleged ban was revoked and he was allowed back in, we know any relationship between the BBC and Rangers has been forever tarnished and we’d never trust them to be impartial about us.
Apart from one case. More on that later…