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Reporting Scotland censured by BBC Trust over Irish minister interview

THE BBC's Reporting Scotland programme has been censured over an interview with Ireland's European Affairs Minister about Scots' membership of the EU.

The BBC Trust upheld a complaint from the SNP about the presentation of the interview for the evening news, although complaints about edits for other programmes were rejected.

The Reporting Scotland package a year ago linked a quote from Lucinda Creighton to an interview with then-Scots Secretary Michael Moore where he said: "Scotland would be outside the EU having to negotiate its way back in."

The SNP's scenario of negotiating membership during the two years between a Yes vote and Scotland becoming independent was never put to Ms Creighton, so the link to the quote by Mr Moore, saying "and that's a view shared by the UK Government" was deemed to be a breach of accuracy rules.

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