For years the Reporting Scotland nightly running order has been:
1. Scottish Govt announcement
2. SNP story/something on independence
3. Glasgow-based crime story
4. Wildlife story from the Highlands
6. Something about Andy Murray
It’s sad but true! A lot of SNP supporters use it as an opportunity to attack perceived bias, but I think the reality is far more pathetic. I think the pen pusher management are just running the show in a formulaic fashion out of apathy. It must be incredibly frustrating for staff on the ground, particularly for the new recruits who joined the Nine. There’s now a wealth of talent at Pacific Quay. It’s about time they were given the freedom to flourish.
It is a bias, but it's not a political bias, it's more cultural. It is very much treating Scotland as a region, rather than a nation, and thus, Reporting Scotland does feel more parochial than STV News. The BBC should be re-evaluating the editorial content of Reporting Scotland, as that is the only way they are likely to change anything.