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Communications Policy

Neil Blain and David Hutchison

in The Media in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0003
Communications Policy

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This chapter explores the tensions generated by the fact that while cultural policy is devolved to Scotland, broadcasting policy is not. The chapter maps the ways in which Scottish interests are represented on UK regulatory bodies such as Ofcom and the BBC Trust and considers several incidents where tensions have exploded into public disputes. It explores the question of whether Scottish groups have been able to successfully articulate their legitimate concerns, and argues that the current situation may not be sustainable for either consumers or producers. The chapter suggests that the establishment of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission by the SNP minority government in 2007 represents a major challenge to the status quo.

Keywords: cultural policy; broadcasting policy; Ofcom; Scottish Broadcasting Commision

Chapter.  7200 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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