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BBC Scotland has a nack for bringing the news to it’s own front door, firstly they fire Garry Robertson for no good reason other than his face no longer fits radio. This stupid decision has enraged BBC staff who are now contemplating a walk out.


Janet Boyle “An internal BBC survey has made ­worrying reading for top brass. Fed-up staff have told bosses they feel they are “grossly under-resourced” with claims of a culture of bullying. Staff are also believed to have decided to boycott internal appraisals, brought in by chief Ken McQuarrie, due later this year.

“There is a huge amount of shock over Gary being dumped because he has worked tirelessly, often on long shifts, for 15 years and is a very talented broadcaster.”

Morale at the BBC’s flagship offices in Glasgow is said to be at rock-bottom. Staff have questioned why big-hitters from London, such as Jim Naughtie, have been parachuted in to present programmes on Radio Scotland if budgets are tight.

One insider said: “You couldn’t make it up. They must have spent a small fortune getting these big names up and then they tell Gary they need to let him go because of cost.

“Gary is no junior member of staff. He’s presented our top current affair programme ably for years. He’s widely respected by his journalistic colleagues at the BBC in Scotland. To let him go in such an important year for Scotland is an incredibly bad move.”


BBC-frontSunday witnessed hundreds of ordinary members of the public take part in a protest against the BBC’s coverage of the independence referendum.

Estimates put attendance of the silent protest at around 350.  However despite the protest taking place yards from the BBC’s HQ in Glasgow, the event received no coverage.

The video below contains interviews with some who attended.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

6 thoughts on “BBC Scotland staff in an all time low

  1. Excellent coverage of the BBC in turmoil. Let Scotland flourish. Say YES and set us free.

  2. Just in terms of broadcasting… Do people believe we will actually be better off with independence?

  3. YES! No more overtly biased coverage such as we have now. The BBC need to reform in general and looking at their coverage of the referendum will be one of the yardsticks used to highlight existing problems.

  4. Had an interview with BBC Glasgow not long ago and was struck by how outdated and pompous the heads of department were.
    I previously worked for them as a camera operator for 5 years from 2000 in another region and I was just dumbstruck by some of the things they said. It was sobering and I was very glad to find opportunities elsewhere. The world has changed, the BBC haven’t. It is run by dinosaurs with little interest in good local content! Vote yes!

  5. There’s another protest planned for the 29th June – same place, Pacific Quay outside BBC Scotland from 2.00pm until 3.30pm.

    This time around, with a bit more planning, there is expected to be over 1,200 participants.

    You can find out more at:

    Will be interesting to see if the BBC reports it this time round.

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