BBC urged to reinstate live TV broadcast of Scotland coronavirus briefings

The deputy first minister has urged the BBC to reconsider its decision to stop daily live TV broadcasts of the Scottish government's coronavirus briefing.

The corporation plans to continue streaming them online but will only show them live on television when there are major developments.

John Swinney said the decision was "a matter for regret".

He said TV may be the preferred source of information for some older people who perhaps had less internet access.

Mr Swinney told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme: "I see a lot of commentary from people who are talking about for example older people who maybe don't have access to internet technology who actually look to the briefing to give them clarity about what is happening in relation to coronavirus.

"I think it's been a really important channel of public communication for the Scottish government and the first minister to be able to speak directly to members of the public about the very difficult issues with which we are wrestling."

He said the rapid take-up of the new coronavirus contact tracing app was a good example of the way television could assist in getting across a public health message.

"It's been a crucial part of the communication and I would like to see it continue to be broadcast on BBC Scotland channels because of the importance of getting that message directly to members of the public."

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