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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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A View from Westminster

A View from Westminster

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The Media in Scotland

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter opens by noting the near ‘extinction’ of unvarnished parliamentary reporting and the turn in reporting to ‘spin’. The manner in which devolution has affected distinctive Scottish elements in Westminster politics is discussed. A large decline in Scottish reporting of Westminster is observed. The twin effects of ‘spun’ coverage and dilution of Westminster content has seriously affected capacity for informed debate. There is a corresponding drop in Westminster government interest in recognizing a different Scottish agenda. The effects of televisation of parliaments is discussed. The Aberdeen Press and Journal is suggested as a good model for parliamentary reporting. The effects of prioritizing Holyrood over Westminster coverage are regretted, and their effects on a separatist agenda noted.

Keywords:   parliamentary reporting, spin, Westminster and Holyrood, Scottish politics at Westminster, Scottish media coverage of Westminster, Whitehall and Scottish media

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