Nicola Sturgeon: BBC Scotland changes coverage of coronavirus briefings

BBC Scotland will decide which briefings to broadcast live based on “editorial merit”.

Thursday, 10th September 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th September 2020, 4:56 pm

BBC Scotland will no longer provide live coverage of all of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus briefings.

From Monday, the broadcaster will decide whether briefings will be televised based on “editorial merit”.

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The briefings are currently shown live on both BBC One Scotland and the BBC Scotland channel, with some coverage also included as part of BBC Radio Scotland’s Lunchtime Live programme.

But the corporation has taken the decision to scale this back as business at Holyrood has returned to a more normal basis.

The broadcaster stressed it will take a “consistent approach to coverage of the various government briefings across the UK nations”.

A BBC Scotland spokesman said: “We will continue to provide extensive coverage of the government press conferences across our news services, including live streaming online.

“We will of course consider showing press conferences live when any major developments or updates are anticipated.”

BBC Scotland will no longer provide live coverage of all of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus briefings.

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