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Ofcom rules out action against BBC Scotland over Ally McCoist ‘Mad Men’ montage

Rangers manager Ally McCoist. Picture: SNS

Rangers manager Ally McCoist. Picture: SNS

BBC Scotland bosses will not face action over a programme that showed Rangers manager Ally McCoist in a spoof suicide.

• Ofcom say opening footage was “graphical illustration” of problems at club

• Regulator says clip did not suggest suicide

The Ibrox club filed a complaint after footage which showed the club’s manager falling from the roof of Ibrox stadium ahead of live coverage of Rangers’ league cup clash against Motherwell in September.

The footage, on the BBC’s flagship Sportscene, sparked protests from the club and its supporters with over 270 complaints received by the Corporation and 54 sent to Ofcom.

However the watchdog has today announced that will not launch an investigation into the broadcast and no further action will be taken.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “Ofcom decided not to pursue the complaints about this programme.

“Our assessment was that the programme included a graphic illustration of the problems that had been facing Rangers rather than a serious or literal suggestion of suicide.”

Rangers supporters’ groups have slammed the decision and said the BBC has been let off too easily.

Bad taste

John McMillan, head of the Rangers Supporters Association, said: “At the time I did, and still do, feel that the broadcast was in very bad taste.

“I don’t know why Ofcom would have come to this decision as it seems obvious what the footage depicted.

“I disagree with Ofcom’s decision and feel that the BBC should have been reprimanded in one way or another.

“It seems this tasteless and irresponsible broadcast has just been shrugged off.”

Rangers banned the BBC over the broadcast that appeared to show their manager plunging to his death.

Ban

BBC staff were told to stay away from Rangers’ press conferences at their training ground days after the show was broadcast.

The opening scenes to the programme - which aired on September 26 - featured the club’s crest being smashed and recent news reports on the club’s well documented troubles.

The row was the latest clash between the Glasgow club and the BBC.

Last year the broadcaster was twice banned from reporting from Ibrox after a

controversial documentary about Rangers’ financial troubles.

Club officials said they were ‘withdrawing all co-operation’ over the show on former owner Craig Whyte’s takeover.

Rangers also accused the broadcaster of bias in a report about sectarianism.

The complaint forced the BBC to apologise for an ‘inappropriate edit’ after

Ally McCoist appeared to smirk while being questioned about fans at Old Firm matches.

BBC Scotland said it was aware of Ofcom’s decision but declined to comment further.

 

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