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The Media in Scotland$
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Neil Blain and David Hutchison

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627998

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.001.0001

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The Scottish Media and Politics

The Scottish Media and Politics

(p.227) 15 The Scottish Media and Politics
The Media in Scotland

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter begins by noting distinct qualities of the Scottish public sphere from the period since the Union, and how this distinctness has been mirrored by identities in the Scottish media, however now under pressure in the press from London titles. The implications for politics, especially Labour and Conservative support, are noted in relation to the historical market position of titles like the Daily Record and Sun, then the subsequent appearance of the SNP and the Scottish Socialist Party. A discussion of BBC Scotland's news capacity is followed by sections on broadcasting and political bias in Scotland, on internet coverage, and Scottish political journalism. Scottish stories in the UK news agenda are examined, followed by a consideration of how Scottish news accounts for debate over the Union. The chapter concludes by affirming the importance of the media in determining judgements over SNP performance in government, and thus the independence debate.

Keywords:   Scottish media and politics, Scottish politics, Scottish press and politics, Scottish broadcasting and political bias, devolution and broadcasting, independence and the Scottish media, Scottish political parties and the media

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