A dismal picture of media life in Scotland is painted by Iain MacWhirter in the Guardian today. The newspapers, consumed by their own falling circulations, have all but ignored BBC Scotland’s 25% cut in the news and current affairs budget. On top of this an editor from the Portsmouth News is moved to edit the Scotsman.
It is a grim story which has gone largely unnoticed south of the border. One which should have been noticed for, as MacWhirter says: “Just imagine if the BBC in London had tried to cut network news and current affairs by a quarter in an election year. There would have been a political outcry, a media firestorm.”