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A colleague on one of our advisory boards thought we should find a more appropriate name for Advice to Ofcom.

From her perspective, the blog is not focused on giving advice to Ofcom, but on communicating with the public about issues being considered by the advisory committees to Ofcom. She thought we could better and more accurately title the site.

She is right, of course, so I’d encourage colleagues to suggest a better name for the blog site. Thinking back to its recent origins, we took several points in mind in arriving at Advice to Ofcom.

Ideas welcome

In the nations, how to deal with questions of small scale are especially important in television production and that is why out of London quotas have proved to be key to at least some decentralisation.

The same issues arise for film production, distribution and consumption. As Scotland approaches its independence referendum this September, there have been the first stirrings of debate about film policy.

Philip Schlesinger, chair of the Advisory Committee for Scotland, has been a protagonist in the discussion and here reflects on current debate.

Creative Scotland’s role in film policy is not widely regarded as successful

The Scottish government published further details this week (18th February) about its plans for culture and broadcasting in an independent Scotland (Scotland’s Future: Culture and Broadcasting).

Scottish Broadcasting Service proposed
Royal Mail postbox

I think the Institute of Directors is the best business organisation in the whole world.

Perhaps I’m partial as I chair the Scottish bit. In that role,  I asked a question of Alex Salmond at the launch of the voluminous Referendum White Paper.

Universal Service Obligation

Plenty of questions still unanswered....

Ofcom today (20thFeb) announced its decision to renew the licences for Channel 3 and 5 for a further 10-year period starting on the first of January 2015.

For Channel 3 this means ITV for England and Wales, STV in Scotland and UTV in Northern Ireland.

There is one change in the geographical areas for which the licence will be issued. On renewal, Ofcom will create a separate licence for Wales for the first time. This means that Wales is separated from England and a new west and south west of England licence will be created.

Recognises the reality of a devolved Wales
Welsh face

Russell George (@russ_george) was elected as the Welsh Conservative AM for Montgomeryshire in 2011. He owns a retail business in Newtown town centre. He was elected to Powys County Council in 2008. He is the chair of the Assembly’s Cross Party Group for Digital Communication and Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Natural Resources.

Heightened political interest in communications issues
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
cheap tablet

Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland could be a world leader in digital inclusion, instead of always playing catch-up?

Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland could be a world leader in digital inclusion, instead of always playing catch-up?
BBC Scotland


The BBC asked me to write a comment for their website - here - on the broadcasting provisions in the Scottish Government’s White Paper, Scotland’s Future

They set it up in a useful way, as follows:

Independent Scottish broadcaster could have a trading relationship with the BBC

I spoke at a conference recently organized by ‘sociitm’, a group of local government practitioners in the UK who are focused on ‘delivering public services in the digital age’.

They began in organizing efforts to improve website development and continue to pursue a widening range of online points of access to public services.

Agencies are becoming interrelated