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August 23, 2010

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I think this was alluded to recently with that parliamentary committee report which considered a Scottish news channel a threat to the indiginous press.

"Are we now at the stage where any positive treatment of Scottish life and culture is a dangerous nationalist plot?"

Yes, some even have a name for it - 'independence creep'. The days of 'Unionist Nationalists' are well gone.
It's also interesting to note the remarkable number of TV programmes about 'Britain' usually with 'Britain', Britannia' or 'British' in the title. This goes across the TV network, so either it reflects a shared, coincidental 'mood' or is not coincidental

In the latest edition of "Scottish Affairs", the BBC's Kenneth McDonald wrote an excellent critique of how the election was handled by the media in Scotland. He complained that broadcasting had become more centralised DESPITE devolution.

This of course has been helped by the centralisation of ITV, leaving STV to its mercies. In turn STV did a similar thing to Grampian TV area when it bought up Grampian.

Do elements of the media and unionist politicians think giving Scotland broadcasting autonomy is part of a nationalist plot? Very much yes.

However when it comes to the media, it is also complicated. Many a Scottish journalist of a unionist bent winges that Scotland having its own broadcasting service even in the UK is parochial. Yet these journalists seem content to write for Scottish newspapers - a parochial press. Contradictory and hypocritical!

Also I think that elements of the Scottish print media feel threatened by a broadcasting alternative. They feel they should have a monopoly on providing Scottish (and in most cases biased) news and commentary and do not want their comfort base threatened.

I think this was alluded to recently with that parliamentary committee report which considered a Scottish news channel a threat to the indiginous press.

For me a Scottish Broadcasting Service cannot come quick enough. Bring back Chartslice and the Art Sutter show. Well maybe not. But yes bring back Anne MacKenzie and give her a political programme to front as she did all those years on "Crossfire" for Grampian.

It looks like it. To quote The Wire "games the same..just got more fierce"

"Are we now at the stage where any positive treatment of Scottish life and culture is a dangerous nationalist plot?"

I'm afraid so.

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