SNP ministers will snub Salmond’s show
NICOLA Sturgeon and her ministers are set to snub Alex Salmond’s new show because of his decision to host it on a Kremlin-backed TV station.
The First Minister and her Cabinet are planning to steer clear because they do not want to appear on RT, a channel described by the US Government as ‘a state-run propaganda machine’.
Mr Salmond last night revealed that he chose to host the show on RT because they made the ‘best offer’ – indicating that he may have turned down offers from British broadcasters in favour of the Russian firm.
One of his allies, former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, also faced ridicule yesterday when he blamed the UK Government for Mr Salmond’s decision to join RT – because it didn’t secure him a plum international role.
Scottish Tory MP Colin Clark, who ousted Mr Salmond at the General Election, said: ‘Alex Salmond decides to become Vladimir Putin’s TV puppet and Kenny MacAskill’s response is, it’s all Westminster’s fault.
‘It’s the same old SNP line – refuse to admit a mistake and blame the UK Government for everything.’
The first edition of The Alex Salmond Show is scheduled to broadcast tomorrow.
But Miss Sturgeon’s spokesman yesterday confirmed that no minister will appear on the debut show – or any future edition. Asked if any minister will be on Thursday’s debut show, he replied: ‘No’.
Regarding any future appearances, he said: ‘No, I don’t expect so. I don’t think you’ve seen any Scottish Government ministers on RT anytime, so I don’t anticipate that changing any time soon.’
During an appearance on Channel 4 News last night, Mr Salmond said he agreed to broadcast the show on RT because they made the ‘best offer’.
He added: ‘I offered the show to a range of broadcasting companies and RT UK put in the best offer – and also one that offers an international platform.’
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