Why Scottish Broadcasting Matters – Part Eight – Stuart McHardy

In the modern world, broadcasting is central to many aspects of society. Not only is it a medium for the dissemination of information and the provision of entertainment, it also has a strong role in education at many levels.

While new forms of broadcasting, through the use of the internet, provide many exciting possibilities, they also present many problems.

Throughout the English-speaking world, the past couple of decades have seen a predictable but still scandalous decline in broadcasting standards as the large media companies have focused all their efforts on one thing: profit.

This attitude, which sees standards of any kind as little more than hindrance to reaching the widest possible audience for the least possible expenditure, has now, unfortunately, been allowed to become the norm in public broadcasting.

This pernicious development has particular problems in a country like Scotland where our thriving indigenous culture, expressed across many areas – literature in our three most common languages, traditional music in a wide variety of forms, a wide range of visual arts,