Local Media

Scottish newspapers

Along with my colleague Dr Alex Benchimol, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, I’ve been looking at the challenges the Scottish Press is facing, from adapting to a digital age to maintaining a distinct Scottish identity.

Can print journalism adapt to the digital revolution
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The Scottish Government has just published Scotland’s Future, its hefty policy blueprint for independence.

One section of this document is of special relevance to Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland(ACS), namely Chapter 9, which deals with how the Scottish Government envisages the future of broadcasting and communications regulation in an independent country.

The debate steps up a gear
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The Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland has recently responded to the DCMS’s consultation on media ownership and plurality.

Fourteen years on from devolution, the consultation’s failure to explicitly address the distinct needs of the diverse nations of the UK is an astonishing lapse.

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Plurality should be reviewed every five years
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The Ofcom Advisory Committee for Wales has recently submitted a response to the DCMS consultation on media ownership and plurality to provide our views on how we create and maintain a plurality of media voices in Wales and the other nations of the UK.

The devolved nations represent distinct democratic units within the UK, with their own democratic institutions. Therefore, media plurality in news and current affairs plays a vital role in ensuring a well-functioning democratic society in these nations.

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Diversity as important as market share
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The Advisory Committee for Scotland (ACS) discusses a wide range of questions each year as part of its regular advice to Ofcom.

When Ofcom’s annual Communications Market Report (CMR) on Scotland is being compiled, we always comment on the findings before they become public. Now that the CMR for Scotland been published, it’s worth highlighting a few key issues.

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Local issues brought into sharp focus
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OFCOM NEWS

Broadband take-up in Scotland has risen faster than any other UK nation over the last year, jumping 7 percentage points over 2011.

Sixty-eight per cent of homes in Scotland now have broadband, up from 61% a year earlier.

The figures are contained in Ofcom's 2012 Communications Market Report for Scotland.

OFCOM NEWS
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Northern Ireland has the highest availability of superfast broadband in the UK. These services are available to around 94% of premises compared to 60% for the UK as a whole.

The startling figures are contained in Ofcom's 2012 Communications Market Report for Northern Ireland.

The report also reveals that consumers in Northern Ireland are also becoming increasingly technology savvy.

OFCOM NEWS
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A Comms Review website has been launched by DCMS to invite professionals to comment on discussion papers written to inform the upcoming communications review seminars that are due take place through the summer.

The site is at: http://culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9156.aspx  If you have expertise in the issues of the review, please do consider this opportunity to comment.

DCMS seminars for Comms Review
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It is not necessarily one of the most high-profile functions that Ofcom carries out, but it is nevertheless basic to Ofcom's core purpose. The licensing regime for commercial and community radio stations across the UK is part of the nitty-gritty of regulating broadcasting, and I have just been introduced to how the process works for applications from Wales – along with Ofcom's Director for Wales, Elinor Williams – as a first-time member of Ofcom’s Radio Licensing Committee.

Language divides and unites us all
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Here is a third and final note stimulated by the conference I attended in Phoenix, Arizona, put on by the International Communication Association (ICA).

Local media is longer controlled by the few
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