BBC facing legal threat following Rangers investigation

THE BBC is facing the threat of legal action following claims made in an explosive documentary aired last night about the running of Rangers Football Club.

Today’s newspapers are full of the contents of the documentary – by investigative reporter, Mark Daly – which includes claims made about the company appointed to handle the financial affairs of the club after it was placed into administration, in February.

In a statement widely quoted – including in The Scotsman and The Herald – the administrators said last night: “The allegations made in tonight’s programme against Duff & Phelps are untrue, a distortion of the facts and highly defamatory. Discussions are already underway with our solicitors with a view to bringing legal proceedings against the BBC.”

The programme contains an interview with Scots journalist, Graham Spiers, who describes some of the media’s reporting – when Rangers changed ownership last year – as “uncritical and gullable”.