Broadcasting: From Birth to Devolution … and Beyond

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:
Broadcasting: From Birth to Devolution … and Beyond

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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

Chapter.  7244 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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