The Tories have accused BBC Scotland of having an unfair pro SNP bias. Scots Tory party leader Jackson Carlaw has launched a formal complaint.
Carlaw claims that the BBC failed to scrutinise the SNP properly during a television interview with the Scottish Government’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes.
A Scottish Tory party source claimed that the BBC’s coverage was ‘unacceptable’ and called for action.
The source said “The last thing we want to do is take journalists to task, because we have immense respect for the important job they do.
“But the situation with BBC Scotland has become unacceptable, and that’s why we’re reluctantly making these representations. Viewers of its television and radio news deserve to hear from Scotland’s main party of opposition and, as it stands, that isn’t happening. The BBC has a duty to act on this.”
An official complaint about the matter has been sent to Gary Smith – BBC Scotland’s head of news.
A source close to Carlaw said “It’s not something we would do lightly but enough is enough. We know the SNP do this and it is time for us to go to war with them as well.”
A spokesperson from the SNP said “For Jackson Carlaw to take the huff because he is not getting credit for the work of other people displays a distinct lack of leadership in this crisis.
“The only thing that matters is that people and businesses get the financial support they need. That is what the Scottish Government is fully focused on.
“Jackson Carlaw should stop this self-declared ‘war’ now before it goes any further.”
Recently, Carlaw was criticised for raising the independence referendum issue during the pandemic.
Carlaw said that he believes that the Scottish Tories can challenge the SNP to win the Scottish elections in 2021.
He said recently “I still maintain that by the time we come to the election next year, the Scottish Government will have been in power for 14 years, people will have come through an exhausting crisis.
“Let’s remember, Churchill won the war but the people turned to Attlee after it.”
A spokesperson from the BBC has confirmed that they have received the complaint.