Investigation launched into sales decline of local newspapers

A COMMITTEE at the Scottish Parliament is to take evidence on the sales decline of local, weekly newspapers in Scotland, with oral submissions to be heard next month.

The Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee has today issued a call for evidence, amid fears of news and advertising migrating to the internet. The committee will be also looking at the impact of any decline on ensuring a vibrant local democracy.

Says committee convener, Karen Whitefield MSP: “The committee believe that the threats to the local and weekly newspaper industry in Scotland should be highlighted. That is why our evidence sessions in January will look at issues such as the consequence of the economic recession and the impact of digital media as an alternative news source and advertising medium. Equally important are the implications in reporting on local issues and for local and regional culture.”

The first oral evidence submission has been scheduled for the 13th of next month.