REPORT URGES ‘THOROUGH REASSESSMENT’ OF BBC NEWS OUTPUT

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has today highlighted the findings of a report by the Audience Council Scotland – the BBC Trust’s advisory body – and said that the corporation should provide detailed plans for how it intends to address the issues raised.

The Audience Council Scotland’s report raised a number of serious issues – pointing out that audiences in Scotland feel important Scottish issues and stories “continue to be underexposed on network news”.

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LOCAL VIEWS SOUGHT ON COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT BILL

S Maxwell MSPSNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is urging residents and local community groups to make their views heard on Scottish Government plans to encourage community participation and make it easier for local groups to put underused or derelict land and buildings to better use.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill has been introduced by the Scottish Government to empower people to participate in local decision making and encourage enterprising development.

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WINNING EAST RENFREWSHIRE PUPILS WELCOMED TO BRUSSELS

Abbie Catterson and Rebekah JohnstoneFour pupils from two East Renfrewshire schools were celebrating this week when they were given the chance to visit the European Parliament in Brussels after winning a European-wide secondary school essay writing competition.

The lucky pupils, Rebekah Johnstone and Abigail Catterson from Eastwood High and Cameron Kerr and Eva Stewart from St Luke’s High, were all invited to visit the European Parliament this week for a two day trip to meet with fellow competition winners from schools across Europe.

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MORE DOOM AND GLOOM FROM LORD ROBERTSON

Just months after his doom-laden warnings about an independent Scotland, Lord George Robertson has repeated his claims – during a debate in which his colleague Jack McConnell called on the No camp to “raise its game”.

At a debate last night in the House of Lords, Lord Robertson said independence would put “the safety of the world at risk”. He also claimed that banning Trident in an independent Scotland was a “democratic outrage” – despite poll after poll finding a majority of people in Scotland oppose nuclear weapons.

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ALEXANDER ADMITS BBC WOULD BE AVAILABLE AFTER YES VOTE

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is today welcoming the admission by Danny Alexander that the BBC will be available in Scotland after a Yes vote as an “outbreak of common sense” from the UK Government.

As reported today, Mr Alexander has accepted the fact that negotiations to carry on accessing the BBC, and the National Lottery, would take place after a Yes vote – despite the No camp previously facing ridicule after claiming that people in Scotland would lose access to BBC programmes like Dr Who, which are shown across the world.

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