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Alex Salmond RT show to be probed by Ofcom

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THE broadcasting watchdog has launched an investigation into Alex Salmond’s TV show.

Ofcom is examining whether the former First Minister’s debut on a Kremlin propaganda channel breached guidelines on accuracy and “materially misled” viewers.

The November 16 episode of the Alex Salmond Show on RT proved controversial because of a series of “tweets” Mr Salmond read out on air.

Mr Salmond claimed there had been an “avalanche” of messages from the public.

However one tweet was attributed to an account that had never posted, another to an account that had yet to post the tweet, and one was from the show’s series director.

After a complaint, Ofcom has opened an investigation into whether the show breached rule 2.2 of its broadcasting code, which says “factual programmes or items or portrayals of factual matters must not materially mislead the audience”.

The Alex Salmond Show is made by Slàinte Media Ltd, a company set up by Mr Salmond and his fellow former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.

Mr Salmond has previously said he has complete editorial control over its content.

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