Media of Scotland

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Scottish media has a long and distinct history. Scotland has a wide range of different types and quality of media.

Film[edit]

Main article: Cinema of Scotland

Broadcasting[edit]

Television[edit]

BBC Scotland runs two national television stations. Much of the output of BBC Scotland Television, such as most news, current affairs and sport programmes, and the Glasgow-based soap opera, River City, are intended for broadcast within Scotland, whilst others, for example many drama and comedy programmes, aim at audiences throughout the United Kingdom and worldwide markets. Newsnight Scotland broadcasts between 11pm and 11.20pm every weeknight.

Two Independent Television stations, STV and ITV Border, also broadcast in Scotland. Although they previously had independent existences, Scottish TV (serving the Central Lowlands) and Grampian (serving northern Scotland) now belong to the same company (STV Group plc) and resemble each other closely, apart from regional news and advertising. "ITV Border" has had a more complex position, as it also has to serve neighbouring areas across the border in England and airs a pan-regional news service shared with the ITV Tyne Tees region. Most of the independent television output equates to that transmitted in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the exception of news and current affairs, sport, comedy, cultural and Scottish Gaelic language programming.

BBC Alba is the only Gaelic language television service available in Scotland, broadcasting digital terrestrial platform Freeview, as well as Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat.

In 2014, STV Group plc will launch two super-local TV services, one each for Edinburgh and Glasgow, after winning Ofcom's May 2012 auction for the licences. ETV and GTV will broadcast local content for Edinburgh (from Craigkelly) and Glasgow (from Black Hill) respectively over Freeview (currently slated for EPG channel 26, as channel 8 is already allocated to BBC Alba) and may also broadcast on other television and web platforms. The stations are likely to share facilities with existing STV premises in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Radio[edit]

Main article: Radio in Scotland

Scotland has its own BBC services which include the national radio stations, BBC Radio Scotland and Scottish Gaelic language service, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, which is available in the North of Scotland. There are also a number of BBC and independent local radio stations throughout the country.

Print[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

There are three national daily newspapers in Scotland:

Sunday newspapers include the tabloid Sunday Mail (published by the Daily Record's parent company, Trinity Mirror) and the Sunday Post (D.C. Thomson & Co.), while the Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday have associations with The Herald and The Scotsman respectively.

Regional dailies include The Courier and Advertiser in Dundee and the east, and The Press and Journal serving Aberdeen and the north.

Magazines[edit]

There are over 700 magazines published in Scotland, by nearly 200 organisations, with an estimated total turnover of £157m per annum.[2]

Awards[edit]

Print publications and journalists in Scotland are recognised for their quality at the Scottish Press Awards.

Online[edit]

BBC Scotland,[3] STV,[4] and most newspapers in Scotland (like The Herald and The Scotsman) also provide online content and blogs. The BBC's coverage of the debate was criticised in 2012 by the National Union of Journalists and there has been an ongoing discussion about media bias in the lead up to the 2014 referendum.[5][6][7][8]

Other news outlets are solely Internet based, such as Newsnet Scotland,[9] which deals mainly with national political, social and economic issues and providing analysis of the current independence debate.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scotsman reaps tabloid benefits". 18 August 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Report - The Magazine Industry in Scotland, Periodical Publishers Association Scotland
  3. ^ "BBC News - Scotland". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "STV". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Criticism of the BBC". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "BBC Scotland under fire from NUJ". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC accused of Political Bias". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Media Bias in the Referendum Campaign?". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Newsnet Scotland". Retrieved 16 September 2013. 

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