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Salmond blasts BBC coverage.

ALEX SALMOND has described the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum as a "disgrace" as he hit back at outgoing political editor Nick Robinson's attack on "Putin-like" protests against the Corporation.

The former first minister of Scotland said Mr Robinson should be "embarrassed and ashamed" of his reporting of the campaign.

Mr Salmond also dismissed as "ludicrous" the comparison the broadcaster made between protests by pro-independence supporters outside the BBC's Glasgow headquarters and the treatment of journalists in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

In a column for the Courier newspaper, Mr Salmond, now the MP for Gordon, said that he had held off commenting due to Mr Robinson's battle with cancer.

He said: "I am glad that the BBC's Nick Robinson has been restored to health.

"For some months, I have said nothing at all about auld Nick because it is unfair to criticise someone who is not able to answer back. Now he is back.

"The BBC's coverage of the Scottish referendum was a disgrace.

"It can be shown to be so, as was Nick's own reporting of which he should be both embarrassed and ashamed."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2015
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