SPL - McCoist welcomes BBC apology

Tue, 26 Jul 15:52:00 2011

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has welcomed an apology from the BBC after being "appalled" by the editing of his pre-match media conference during Friday's national evening news programme.

SPL - McCoist welcomes apology

McCoist was shown smirking while audio was played of a news reporter questioning him about the behaviour of supporters at Old Firm matches. The 48-year-old was angry that his response to another question had been inserted in the feature, which was shown on the News at Six on BBC1 on Friday.

A club statement this afternoon read: "Rangers manager Ally McCoist has received an apology from the BBC following what the club feels was totally unacceptable reporting on BBC national news, the BBC website and Radio Five Live last Friday."

It added: "A written apology has been sent to the manager. It will be posted on the BBC News website and an on-air apology will be read out on BBC Sportsound at 7pm on Tuesday evening."

McCoist demanded an apology and did not give his normal interviews to the BBC, who are rights holders for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, before or after the 1-1 draw with Hearts on Saturday.

A BBC reporter's microphone was removed from the post-match press conference and no reporter from the company was present on Monday as McCoist previewed the Champions League qualifier against Malmo.

McCoist, whose various past media commitments include a long spell as a captain on the BBC's A Question of Sport, said: "I was appalled by the BBC's coverage last Friday and the club will not tolerate this type of reporting.

"I was adamant I would not speak to the BBC until the matter was resolved to my satisfaction so I am pleased an apology has been issued. I have always been generous with my time as the media play an important role in modern football but I will not tolerate being portrayed in the manner I was last week.

"Having worked in television for many years, with the BBC, I know exactly what was done last Friday and I was disgusted with their editing of the pre-Hearts press conference. Last season was a difficult one for the Scottish game and I think it is important we all get back to focusing on football.

"We all have a responsibility to improve the game's image - players, management, supporters and the media - and I hope season 2011/12 can be remembered for all the right reasons."

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