Wind Farm Documentary Spiked

A documentary commissioned by BBC Scotland by a BAFTA-nominated director has been dropped off the schedules amid claims it comes up short on the Corporation’s rules on objectivity.

Filmed in and around Caithness, David Graham Scott documented the reaction to a new wind farm near Wick.

However, Scott has been told that it will not be transmitted despite asserting that it was meant to be about the change in landscape rather than politics.

“I don’t have a problem with the BBC’s impartiality guidelines,” he told TV industry magazine, Broadcast. “But I think my film has been misinterpreted. I wouldn’t want to alter the film to get it broadcast, as that might ruin it.”

In a statement, BBC Scotland said: “Although the BBC is a co-investor in Bridging the Gap [documentary series that involved Scott], we do not give an undertaking that all the films will be transmitted. We have provisionally selected some of the films for transmission, but the details of when they might be shown have yet to be finalised.”