Thank you for contacting us.

We understand you were unhappy with reports about a briefing by Media House in relation to sectarian singing at football matches.

Your comments were passed to the Head of News, who has asked that I forward his response as follows:

“BBC Scotland Sports staff did not hold or attend any meetings with Media House or enter into any discussions with Media House, either before or after the 2011 Scottish Cup Final.

Media House did facilitate an interview with former Rangers’ player, Sandy Jardine, for possible inclusion within the BBC Scotland News documentary Bombs, Bigotry and Football, which was broadcast on BBC One Scotland on Wednesday 18 May 2011 and which examined the impact of sectarianism on Scottish football and society.

To inform the contents of the documentary, the documentary investigations team spoke to Strathclyde Police about definitions of sectarian chants and songs. No such enquiries were made of Media House. The full editorial responsibility for BBC Scotland programmes and content lies entirely with BBC Scotland and is not influenced in any way by any external party or parties.”

Nevertheless, we appreciate you feel strongly about this. To that end, we’d like to assure you we’ve registered your comments on our daily audience log. This is a summary of audience feedback, which is made available to senior editorial staff and management throughout the BBC. It is used to help inform future decisions about ways to improve our content.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Kind Regards

Adam Crockard
BBC Complaints