BBC backlash: Beeb bashed over SNP U-turn - 'Should be ashamed!'

THE BBC has been hit with criticism over it's "humiliating" U-turn after it announced it will now air live coverage of all of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's coronavirus briefings.

PUBLISHED: 13:23, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:27, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Critics hit out at BBC Scotland saying bosses “should be ashamed” after it overturned their initial decision to axe its televised COVID-19 press conferences. BBC Scotland said it will screen First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's coronavirus briefings over the "coming weeks", as the corporation looks to adapt how it covers the daily updates.

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But social media users accused the corporation of allowing themselves to be “bullied by the SNP” and said they had buckled under “political pressure”.

One said: “Is this a #Uturn from @BBCScotland?"

Another said: “You should be ashamed of yourselves, cowards allowing yourselves to bullied by the SNP it's not North Korea"

bbc newsBBC has overturned its decision not to show Nicola Sturgeon's COVID-19 briefings (Image: GETTY )

One added: “If BBC Scotland don’t feel humiliated, they should!

“We all know that political pressure played a large part in the broadcaster’s initial decision.”

The broadcaster sparked an outcry when bosses said last week they would no longer always provide live coverage of all of the regular briefings - explaining at the time they would decide if these should be televised based on "editorial merit".

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