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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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Broadcasting: From Birth to Devolution … and Beyond

Broadcasting: From Birth to Devolution … and Beyond

(p.87) 6 Broadcasting: From Birth to Devolution … and Beyond
The Media in Scotland

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Edinburgh University Press

The BBC began broadcasting in Scotland in 1923, and this chapter traces almost a century of activity from the early primitive studios through to the period when radio established itself as a dominant force in national life, only to find itself competing with television in the post-war world. The ending of the BBC monopoly, the expansion of services and the growth of the multi-channel world are all considered. Central to the discussion is the question of whether broadcasting north of the border is for a region or for a nation, and the constant tension between London and Scotland which that issue has engendered over the years is explored. Possible future scenarios in the post-devolution world are considered.

Keywords:   BBC, expansion of services, constant tension, future scenarios

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