Creative Scotland rules out support for print media

THE print media is to remain outwith the scope of a merged body launched yesterday to support Scotland’s creative and cultural industries.

Like its predecessor bodies, the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, Creative Scotland – which was officially launched at Edinburgh Printmakers yesterday afternoon – is to focus its budget, some £60 million, on the likes of theatre and short films.

While broadcasters could benefit – along with visual arts, dance, theatre, music literature, film and screen production, and digital technologies – Creative Scotland’s chief executive, Andrew Dixon, ruled out the remit of the new cultural development agency being extended to other parts of the media.

Dixon told allmediascotland: “Creative Scotland inherits a range of commitments from the Arts Council and Scottish Screen which are based on investment in film and the arts.

“Our role carries a leadership role for developing strategies for investment in the broader creative industries from other partners.

“We will be establishing partnerships with broadcasters and do support cultural publishers but our brief does not spread to investment in newspapers and general publishing.”