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Ofcom to investigate Alex Salmond show on Russian TV

The watchdog is looking into whether the programme broke rules on accuracy.

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom is investigating Alex Salmond’s RT programme.

The watchdog is examining the first episode of the former Scottish first minister’s show on the state-funded Russian channel, formerly known as Russia Today, to discover whether it broke accuracy rules.

The episode of The Alex Salmond Show broadcast on November 16 included a series of tweets presented as coming from the audience and it is understood
the investigation centres on allegations that this was not the case.

An Ofcom spokeswoman said: “We are investigating whether this programme breached our rules on due accuracy.”

It is understood the broadcasting regulator has received one complaint on the issue under investigation.

Guests on the episode included deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, Tory MP Crispin Blunt and Labour peer Baroness Helena Kennedy.

Mr Salmond’s decision to host a programme on the network has been criticised by opposition politicians as well as his successor as First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who said she would have “advised against RT and suggested he seek a different channel”.

RT has been branded a “Russian propaganda channel” but the former MP insisted his production company, Slainte Media, would have editorial control over the show.

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