Alex Salmond, leader of the ALBA Party and Former First Minister, will tell BBC Scotland and STV that it is time to “mend their ways and stop distorting the democratic process of Scotland”  He will take part in a Photo Call at Stirling Castle Esplanade today (Tuesday 13 April) at 4:00 pm to mark the start of the ALBA Mid Scotland and Fife campaign with ALBA Mid Scotland and Fife Candidates: Eva Comrie, Neale Hanvey MP and Jim Eadie.  

Speaking at the launch of the ALBA Party Campaign in Mid Scotland and Fife Alex Salmond will state:“In little more than two weeks, ALBA has become the story of this election campaign. Indeed HALF of the entire press coverage of the election in the written media has featured stories about the ALBA party or referenced ALBA.”And yet the BBC and STV operate as if they were in a self-isolated political bubble in which the initiative that everyone else is talking about doesn’t even appear on their radar. Not only does that involve excluding ALBA from election debates but also dictates the daily mentions on all the main news bulletins. These organisations, unlike others, are effectively censoring ALBA.”The launch of our Lothian campaign is a case in point. There were over FORTY photographers and journalists in attendance, including three broadcasting journalists for radio and television. However, BBC Scotland and STV were nowhere to be seen. They are simply failing in their democratic duty.”We have asked both BBC and STV repeatedly for an explanation of their undemocratic behaviour but have not yet even received the courtesy of full detail of their proposed election coverage over the next t three weeks.”In two weeks ALBA have secured a membership greater than the Liberal Democrats and more MPs than the Labour Party.”On news interest, we are clearly the story of the election and yet the doleful duo of Scottish broadcasting pretends we don’t exist.”It is long past time for BBC SCOTLAND and STV to mend their ways and to stop distorting the democratic process in Scotland.”

Also speaking at the campaign launch Lead ALBA Candidate on the Mid Scotland and Fife List, Eva Comrie said:“Mid Scotland and Fife is in the centre of Scotland and is the key Electoral battleground in every Election. It is the bellwether which the rest of the country looks to.
“In Mid Scotland and Fife 120,000 SNP list votes were wasted last time. Independence and SNP voters cannot allow their votes to be wasted in this Election.  That is why ALBA is asking people to give their List vote to ALBA to make both votes count for Independence.
“Voters in Mid Scotland and Fife can show the way for the rest of Scotland by making this Scotland’s Independence Election.  But voters can only do that if they vote ALBA on the list to achieve the Independence Supermajority on Thursday 6 May.

Editors Note: Please note this photo call will be conducted in a COVID compliant fashion and all photographers and journalists will be required to respect this.


  1. We will not forget.
    Scotland will require a new media post Independence and a Unionist CV will be a negative.
    The BBC and STV are both Unionist tools.

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  2. Entirely expected from the BBC state broadcaster. Clearly STV have been got at. As a commercial company with a duty to advertisers to maximise the viewers it makes no sense.

    I argued via email to which they have no valid defence but choose to hide behind the coat tails of Ofcom.

    The chance for an exclusive showdown between Salmond and Sturgeon after all the recent enquiries drama. It’s box office.

    Maybe ScotGov have promised them some sweeteners?

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    1. FM was saying a majority for Indy would mean referendum later this year.
      Now she’s saying majority for Indy would mean referendum once the cris is over.
      But it will never be over. She must be pinned down.

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    2. I believe Westminster exercise influence through Broadcaster’s licences. Not so long ago they removed Iran’s
      Press TV’s licence, effectively killing them, to UK viewers at least.

      Didn’t Thatcher do the same to Thames TV? I think that might have been punishment for the ‘Death on the Rock’
      expose of UK military and secret service dirty deeds.

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      1. You are right about Press TV but Iran is a bloody theocracy and is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world. They are so bad they even employed George Galloway who used to rant endlessly his diet of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.


  3. Without Alex’s attendance at the STV debate, there is no point in tuning in. Just a bunch of political pygmies scoring pretend points off each other, then retiring to the ‘green room’ to pat each others back.
    No thanks.

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  4. I do hope that there is a live youtube feed of Alex Salmond answering all the questions put to the other leaders, from his base in Ellen. Like a politcal version of Googlebox.

    I won’t be watching TV (I no longer have one) but I will gladly tune in to Alba and Alex, ont tinterweb.

    Likewise if Alex does a one to one interview, and the interviewer does the, rapid fire – so many questions – no one could answer schtick, then Alex should hold up the Alba internet address, and state clearly that full answers will be provided – without interuption – asap on the site, after the interview.

    If needs be wear the e-mail address printed on the front of his shirt.

    200,000 AUOB can turn out to march, then 2 million can tune in to YouTube to see what Alba has to offer.

    One thing Alex doesn’t have to do, is prove he has ‘leadership’ ability. Folk already know that, when he speaks they are actually wanting to know what his policy is, unlike Sarwar and co. Even his political enemies know that.

    Nicla is just going to bore them stupid, everyone is sick of her. And if it gets even slightly hard for her she will go Covid, Covid, Covid – and that is also now boring, and comes across as cowardly.

    Likewise I hope some of the footage from the womans conference will soon be available to view. The information from the former Prison Governor in particular.

    And lastly, this is not an indy ref, this is not about converting No voters to Yes (at the moment) – this is about the full SNP vote converting to Alba on the list vote. And since so many of them do not get catered for by MSM and already have the discussion re the state of the nation via bloggers sites and social media – I think the Britnats really really must be bricking it.

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    1. “I do hope that there is a live youtube feed of Alex Salmond answering all the questions put to the other leaders, from his base in Ellen. Like a politcal version of Googlebox”.

      What a very good idea! I hope it is technically feasible! After all, for professional reasons, Mr Salmond would probably be watching the programme anyway!

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    2. Brilliant post Daisy. Alex going on You Tube answering questions is a great Idea. I’m at the moment in a running commentary with STV via e-mail. I don’t accept the reason they gave me, re OFCOM. They are hiding behind that excuse.
      Yes! I do believe Nicola has paid them off, she’s scared to publicly be on the same platform as Alex.
      What BBC & STV need to be mindful of. Is the world is watching & many of us don’t like the cackhanded way they are televising this election. It’s undemocratic & by excluding ALBA they are preventing the Scottish public getting the full information required to make a informed decision on who to vote for.
      I do hope more people like myself, who live overseas is writing in & complaining to the STV channel.

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  5. This was STV’s response to my second e-mail. They cite Ofcom guidance section six: Elections and referendums as their reason for not allowing Alex Salmond to represent Alba at the leaders debate. Any legal eagles able to challenge their rational?

    Tue, 13 Apr at 09:11

    Hi there,
    Thank you for your most recent email.
    STV makes its editorial decisions on election coverage in line with Ofcom guidance, which you can read here:
    Section six: Elections and referendums – Ofcom
    We hope this helps clarify the situation for you and we thank you again for taking the time to get in touch.
    Kind Regards,

    STV Enquiries | Tel: 0141 300 3704
    email: | website:
    STV | Pacific Quay | Glasgow | G51 1PQ | switchboard: 0141 300 3000
    Please consider the environment before printing this email
    On Mon, 12 Apr at 3:31 PM , wrote:

    Re: These editorial decisions have been made in line with Ofcom guidance.

    With regards to your response regarding my complaint in you not allowing Alex Salmond to represent the Alba Party at the leaders debate you referred to “These editorial decisions have been made in line with Ofcom guidance”. Can you supply me with the Ofcom guidance to which you refer, and in particular the relevant sections that informed your decision. I have to say that I find your response quite disingenuous as a public broadcaster in a modern democracy.

    Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    Alan McHarg
    A concerned Scot
    On Monday, 12 April 2021, 10:47:34 BST, STV Operational Support wrote:

    Hi there,
    Thank you for your email.
    STV’s election coverage has been, and will continue to be, balanced and fully in accordance with strict Ofcom guidelines.
    Alex Salmond has not been invited to participate in the Leaders’ Debate on April 13th. We have offered the Alba Party the opportunity for Alex Salmond to take part in a one-to-one interview with Colin Mackay as part of our series of Scotland Tonight Specials.
    These editorial decisions have been made in line with Ofcom guidance.
    Thank you again for taking the time to get in touch.
    Kind Regards,
    STV Enquiries

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    1. Alan The second second answer to your e-mail is the answer I got. I wasn’t pleased with the answer I received & I’m now arguing that fact with them at this moment. Will see how it goes.
      It should be a level playing field for all political parties. It’s the voting public that decides who will become government, not a public broadcasting company.

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