Question Time move to Glasgow described as ‘lunacy’ by Mail columnist

REGULAR newspaper columnist, Allan Massie, was on his usual, good form in today’s Scottish Daily Mail, writing about cuts in council services.

But page 14 of the London edition of the paper was given over not to Massie but Melanie Phillips, commenting on plans to move the production of the BBC discussion programme, Question Time, from London to Glasgow and the decision last week by its editor to resign.

She describes the plans as “lunacy”, showing how the BBC has “catastrophically lost its way”.

She writes: “Scotland may believe it is the centre of the universe, but compared with the mighty BBC News – whose writ runs in just about every country in the world other than north of the Tweed – BBC Scotland is a parochial sideshow.”

As they might say on the BBC… “except for viewers in Scotland”.