The Media in the Press 18.3.10

Second-year Journalism student, Kane Mumford, from Edinburgh Napier University, reviews the media stories making it in to today’s papers…

The body being created out of Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council has chosen the location of its 'Cultural HQ' and The Scotsman's Brian Ferguson, on page 13, is today reporting that Creative Scotland's new home is to be The old General Post Office building in Edinburgh city centre, which will house around 113 staff.

The body’s chief executive, Andrew Dixon, is quoted in The Scotsman, saying: “I’m very excited by the prospect of our new Edinburgh base and I hope we can involve artists to make it somewhere special for Scotland’s creative community.”

But there's less good news for creative folk, in the Guardian, on page 30, which reports that a quarter of a million jobs in “music, film, TV, software and other creative industries” could be lost as online piracy continues to grow. The paper reports a study carried out by European unions, including the TUC. The Guardian quotes TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, on the severity of the current trend: “The scale of the problem is truly frightening now.”

The Independent has a page 2 tale about the BBC and Tory party donor, Lord Ashcroft. The article reports the apparent holding back of a BBC Panorama documentary into Ashcroft’s tax status, which had apparently prompted “furious protests” and letters from “several senior Tories” to the BBC's director general, Mark Thompson. The biggest hit is said to have come courtesy of Ashcroft’s lawyers, who are said to have bombarded the BBC with some “very heavy letters”.

Labour MP Gordon Prentice is quoted, saying: “It’s disappointing the BBC has pulled the plug. It’s of immense public interest.”

More BBC news in the Independent, and the National Audit Office may be brought in to act as an independent auditor with the next renewal of the BBC’s public service contract. A spokesperson for the BBC is quoted saying the Corporation is looking for an auditor that would report to the BBC Trust.

And finally, if you thought the party leaders debates were going to be dire, it’s time to readjust your understanding of the word, as Channel 4 announces the clash of the potential Chancellors.