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Alex Salmond blasts BBC Scottish referendum 'disgrace'

By Catriona Webster

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 reporters in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

The comments were made during an appearance by Mr Robinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last week to promote his latest book Election Diary.

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.

Mr Robinson, who is joining Radio 4, was accused of bias in the run-up to the referendum after getting into a confrontation with Mr Salmond over coverage of the possible relocation of RBS.

The BBC said: "As we said at the time, we believe our coverage was rigorously impartial."

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