BBC journalists revolt over ‘Scottish six’ news hour plans

BBC Scotland journalists are in a state of open rebellion at the broadcaster over tentative plans to introduce an early evening news bulletin dedicated to covering events north of the border.

Staff are angry that presently do not have the manpower or resources to handle the so-called ‘Scopttish Six’ and are threatening to boycott the project unless BBC Scotland controller Ken MacQuarrie agrees to a full consultation.

An ‘insulting’ internal document leaked to The Herald suggests that there are grave doubts internally as to whether the broadcaster can pull it off amidst suggestions that it has been forced to act after coming under political pressure to do so by the SNP.

Should the plans go-ahead the bulletin would replace the current UK-wide Six ‘o’ clock news from 2017, with viewers wishing to continue viewing the current edition being forced to switch to BBC News 24.

A formal announcement on the new show is expected to be taken before Holyrood elections in May.

John Glenday

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