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Thousands attend protest against alleged BBC referendum bias

Around 2000 protesters gathered outside the BBC Scotland building in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.

BBC Bias protest Glasgow September 14, 2014.
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Thousands of campaigners attended a rally outside the BBC offices in Glasgow, protesting over perceived BBC bias in the independence referendum.

Around 2,000 people gathered at the BBC Scotland building at Pacific Quay in the city on Sunday at around 2pm.

The offices have been a regular location for protest for Yes supporters in the run up to the referendum, with many claiming that BBC reporting on the issue has not been even-handed.

The latest rally focussed on alleged misrepresentation in a report on the BBC News, where Alex Salmond was asked a question by political editor Nick Robinson about major businesses expressing reservations over Scottish independence.

Campaigners say the report inaccurately claimed the First Minister did not answer the question.

One protester told STV News he was there because the BBC had "not been fair" on the referendum issue.

Demonstration outside BBC Scotland in Glasgow September 14 2014 quality indyref
© SWNS Group

He said: "The BBC pretends its an impartial broadcaster, but it's been clearly biased in the referendum campaign so far.

"They are a pro-establishment corporation, and they have always protected the interests of the establishment"

Another said she was "disgusted" by alleged BBC bias over the last few months.

Recent polls show the referendum outcome is on a knife-edge, with both the Yes and No campaign in the lead depending on the survey.

Commenting on the allegations, a BBC spokesperson said: "We believe our coverage of the referendum has been rigorously impartial and in line with our guidelines on fairness and impartiality."

Demonstration outside BBC Scotland in Glasgow September 14 2014 quality indyref
© SWNS Group

The broadcaster also responded online to criticisms of the Nick Robinson report.

A statement read: "The BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson asked Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond two questions at his press conference on Thursday 11th September.

"The first question centred on the tax implications of RBS moving its legal headquarters to London; the second on why voters should trust a politician rather than businessmen.

"Nick Robinson's report showed the second question on trust, with a script line noting that Mr Salmond had not answered that point.

"Mr Salmond's answer on tax was lengthy. Since it was not possible to use it in full in a short news report, a series of clips were included making his central points - the job implications of the re-location of RBS, the accusation that the Treasury broke rules by briefing market sensitive information and his request that the BBC should co-operate with an inquiry.

"In addition Nick Robinson's script pointed out that the First Minister said there would be no loss of tax revenue.

"The BBC considers that the questions were valid and the overall report balanced and impartial, in line with our editorial guidelines."

Demonstration outside BBC Scotland in Glasgow September 14 2014 quality indyref
© SWNS Group

Commenting on the protests at the BBC, Glasgow South West Labour MP Ian Davidson said: "Yesterday it was the banks and some of the largest employers in Scotland.

“Today it’s the BBC and MI5. In the world of Alex Salmond and his fellow nationalists, everybody is against them.

“If you aren’t actively for them then you are against them. And if they think you are against them they go on the attack.

“When RBS announced plans to relocate their headquarters to London the nationalists didn’t care about the risks to our economy. They spent all their time complaining about emails to journalists.

“When the retailers said prices would go up the nationalists didn’t care that families in Scotland would face higher costs. They spent all their time moaning about how the retailers spoke out.

“It’s clear after today’s protest that far from being a Scottish Broadcasting Service in a separate Scotland, the nationalists want a Salmond Broadcasting Service."

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