How will Scottish independence affect the media?

Print and broadcast media are largely independent of government. Social media is controlled by multinational companies although the content is largely out of any control.

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Scotland must seek to reform its media

Author / Creator: Martin Roche

Media type: Article

Date published: 2023

Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation has seen the mainstream media reveal its bias, ignorance and insularity

Scotland’s Sustainable Media Future: Challenges and Opportunities: a Stakeholder Analysis

Author / Creator: Catherine Happer

Media type: Article

Date published: 2022

Scotland’s media are still firmly rooted in older conceptions of print and broadcasting

Scottish TV industry should double following independence

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: Article

Date published:

An independent Scotland would be in a position to rethink how public service broadcasting is regulated, funded and supported. It could consider creative suggestions, such as replacing the licence fee with a universal broadband package which could include funding for content production. 

Scotland’s Referendum and the Media: National and International Perspectives

Author / Creator: Neil Blain

Media type: Book

Date published:

The consequences of the Referendum's No result are traced in the media...until the May general election of 2015.

Scotland’s Dual Public Sphere and the Media

Author / Creator: Philip Schlesinger

Date published: 2020

The Scottish media contain content for Scottish audiences.  These media are being challenged by digital offerings and present regulatory difficulties.

The British media’s progressives are coming round to Scottish independence

Author / Creator: Simon Pia

Media type: News Media

Date published:

Will the UK commentators fall into line and back unionism once a timetable for a vote has been agreed, or is a more permanent split developing? 

Media Matters; how the media reports on indepencence matters

Author / Creator: David Patrick

Media type: Podcast

Date published: 2021

Craig talks to David Patrick, author of recently published book Front-Page Scotland which looks at how stories about Scottish independence were reported in the newspapers throughout the 2014 independence referendum campaign.

Constructing the Visual Online Political Self: An Analysis of Instagram Use by the Scottish Electorate

Author / Creator: Jamie Mahoney

Media type: Academic Paper

Date published:

The Scottish electorate used image-sharing for self-expression. They posted a variety of visual content. It showed a diversity of political opinion. People used Instagram to craft and present their "political selves".

Whose voices are heard in the news? A study of sources in television coverage of the Scottish independence referendum

Author / Creator: Marina Dekavalla

Media type: Academic Paper

Date published:

Male-dominated political elites are the main focus in the news.  The coverage represents the views of politicians to the public. It provides limited public participation in the political debate.

Online Allies and Tricky Freelancers: Understanding the Differences in the Role of Social Media in the Campaigns for the Scottish Independence Referendum

Author / Creator: Ana Ines Langer

Media type: Research article

Date published:

Some campaigns – like Better Together – selectively adopt digital tools that fit with the command and control model; in other cases – like Yes Scotland – the application of digital communications technologies and the dynamics created by linking to other (digital-enabled) grassroots organizations can have transformative effects.

The Media and National Identity: Local Newspapers’ Coverage of Scottish Independence during the Campaign of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum

Author / Creator: Jan-Philipp Wagner

Media type: Academic Paper

Date published: 2017

Local Scottish papers frame “Scottishness” in a way that differs from independence. The patterns of news content point to the possibility that the local papers did not perceive Scottish independence as consistent with their idea of Scottish national identity.

Bella Caledonia

Author / Creator: Mike Small

Media type: News Media

Date published: 2007 -

"We’re not aligned to any one political party but believe in self-determination for Scotland. Only then will a country disfigured by poverty and inequality be re-born. Only independence can bring democracy. The British State is irredeemable and is structurally corrupt, broken and riven with hierarchy."