Media Scrutiny Puts Brocklebank and Crow Under Spotlight

After winning just one Westminster seat in Scotland at the General Election, the Tories have come under a certain scrutiny by the media, with some commentators furiously speculating on the possibility of 'a night of the long knives' within the party ranks, north of the Border.

Much attention is being focused on the selection of candidates for next year’s election to the Scottish Parliament, and the word is that current MSPs, particularly those getting a 'bit long in the tooth', will be asked to stand down and make way for new blood.

Interestingly, one of those said to be in the frame – according to Scotland on Sunday and the Sunday Herald at the weekend – is Ted Brocklebank, whom, in a previous incarnation, was the news and current affairs supremo at Grampian TV (before its marriage with STV), and is well-known for his incisive and comments on media matters at Holyrood. The 67 year-old is MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife.

There is also speculation – this time in the Sunday Herald – that the position of Scottish Conservative Party’s director of strategy and communications, Michael Crow, could be reviewed. The newspaper  claims that Crow is on an annual salary of £100,000.

Prior to his appointment 16 months ago, Crow was a political correspondent for STV and presented the weekly political programme, Politics Now.

After studying journalism at Leeds University, Crow began his journalism career at BBC Radio 5 live. He then moved onto Border Television and in 1997, switched to STV as a general reporter and then, Westminster Correspondent.

By 1999, Crow was made a Holyrood-based correspondent and covered the Scottish Parliament for STV from its official opening in 1999 until December two years ago. He also presented Grampian Television's political programme, Crossfire, from 1999 until its axing in 2004.