The National has an interesting-sounding front page lead story today.
Donalda MacKinnon’s immediate predecessor Ken McQuarrie has been a hostile and toxic presence at the top of BBC Scotland for many years now, so we were naturally intrigued to hear if a change of heart at the Corporation was on the horizon.
We didn’t build our hopes up, obviously.
So when we got to the actual interview, we weren’t too disappointed.
Because it turns out that what MacKinnon has identified as the problem isn’t the BBC’s inherent financial, ideological, cultural and methodological imbalance against independence, but the fact that people have noticed it.
Her proposed solution isn’t to address the bias, but to tackle the (entirely accurate) perceptions of it – in other words, to keep doing what BBC Scotland has been doing until now, but to convince people that they’re wrong to be upset about it, because they’re just stupid paranoid separatist thickos who don’t understand.
We look forward to the BBC’s 2017 current-affairs programming accordingly.