IWC barred from inquiry unveiling

Glasgow-based TV independent Wark Clements, which was accused of obstructing the Lord Fraser Inquiry into the £390m overspend on Scotland’s new Parliament, was barred from covering a press conference on the publication of the inquiry report on Wednesday.

Wark Clements, whose figurehead is BBC Two Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, formally asked to film the moment when Lord Fraser “named names”, for its controversial documentary The Gathering Place.

The company, now called IWC since its merger with Ideal World, claimed filming of the press conference would be a “key moment” in the documentary, due to be screened early next year.

IWC was told that “space restrictions” meant it could not be accommodated.

It had previously caused controversy by refusing to hand over interview footage to the inquiry.

Scottish National Party finance spokesman Fergus Ewing said: “It is my view that Wark Clements and the BBC obstructed the inquiry and their demands to cover the inquiry findings raise hypocrisy to new levels.”

By Hamish Mackay

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