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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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Communications Policy

Communications Policy

Chapter:
(p.35) 3 Communications Policy
Source:
The Media in Scotland
Author(s):

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0003

This chapter explores the tensions generated by the fact that while cultural policy is devolved to Scotland, broadcasting policy is not. The chapter maps the ways in which Scottish interests are represented on UK regulatory bodies such as Ofcom and the BBC Trust and considers several incidents where tensions have exploded into public disputes. It explores the question of whether Scottish groups have been able to successfully articulate their legitimate concerns, and argues that the current situation may not be sustainable for either consumers or producers. The chapter suggests that the establishment of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission by the SNP minority government in 2007 represents a major challenge to the status quo.

Keywords:   cultural policy, broadcasting policy, Ofcom, Scottish Broadcasting Commision

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