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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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Gaelic, the Media and Scotland

Gaelic, the Media and Scotland

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The Media in Scotland

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter seeks to answer two questions, namely of the importance of the media to Gaelic, and the importance of Gaelic media to Scotland. The chapter begins with a broad consideration of minority language media in Europe, followed by an examination of minority language broadcasting policy, and the history of Gaelic in Scotland. Sections follow on broadcasting before 1993; and television, 1993-2007, tracing the development of Gaelic broadcasting. A further section discusses Radio nan Gaidheal, BBC's Gaelic language service. A subsequent analysis of the press reveals Gaelic as a weak presence, noting arguments in favour of a weekly newspaper, but difficulties in establishing one. The chapter concludes by considering possibilities for digital broadcasting, discussing the impact of Gaelic media on Gaelic language use, and noting the importance of the language for Scotland as a whole.

Keywords:   Gaelic language, Gaelic media, Gaelic broadcasting, Gaelic press, minority language media, minority language broadcasting policy

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