More Irish Republic news than Scottish in English newspapers?

A PROFESSOR of journalism at an English university suspects that England-based newspapers devote more coverage to news in the Republic of Ireland than Scottish news.

Writing in the current issue of the New Statesman magazine, Brian Cathcart, of Kingston University, says: “My own impression is that those readers [of English newspapers] probably see more news in their papers about the Republic of Ireland, which is a foreign country.”

In a piece, headlined ‘Forgotten Friends in the North’, he adds: “As a rule, editors try to give their readers what they want. If they [the editors of English newspapers] are getting it right – and they usually are, give or take a little – the implication in this case is that readers south of the border are just not interested in Scotland.”