Conference to consider future of Scottish broadcasting

THE chair of the newly-created Scottish Broadcasting Commission is tomorrow speaking at an all-day conference on the future of Scottish broadcasting.

Blair Jenkins is joined by the likes of BBC Scotland’s head of public policy and corporate affairs, Ian Small, and Scotland on Sunday assistant editor, Kenny Farquharson, at the event, being organised in Glasgow by the Scottish Policy Innovation Forum.

The commission was set up by First Minister, Alex Salmond, not least because of a dramatic fall in the number of Scottish programmes being commissioned for broadcasting on UK-wide networks.

Says the SPIF: “The future of Scottish broadcasting has been brought to the forefront of political debate. However, there are other important issues relevant to media in Scotland, and, in particular, the relationship between media and public policy development.”

Other speakers include Professor Susan Deacon, Queen Margaret University; Dr Robert Beveridge, Napier University; Professor Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow; Dr Sarah Oates, University of Glasgow; Owen Kelly, Scottish Executive; and Professor Neil Blain, Stirling University.

It’s free to attend.

The Scottish Policy Innovation Forum describes itself as “a network of academics and others which aims to facilitate better dialogue between academic research and public policy”.