Television in Scotland: an assessment of the broadcasting landscape: past, present and potential futures.

Johnson, Nicola Elizabeth (2018) Television in Scotland: an assessment of the broadcasting landscape: past, present and potential futures. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis provides an assessment of the Scottish television broadcasting landscape within a previously unexamined contemporary context. In particular, the work explores the impact of developments that have occurred since the Scottish Broadcasting Commission in 2007. Through a critical realist lens, it does so by using a combination of desk research, elite interviews and an online audience survey to answer the main research questions: how well does the current broadcasting landscape serve the television industry in Scotland; how well does the current broadcasting landscape serve the television audience in Scotland; to what extent is there an appetite for a new television service for Scotland and what type of service might be viable? By mapping the historical, political and economic terrain, the research also analyses the themes and theoretical concepts that underpin the specificity of the experience of Scottish television within the UK context. It demonstrates the way in which these dynamics interrelate creates a curious environment, whereby Scotland’s position in the UK-wide broadcasting framework is perceived to produce both indispensable advantages and debilitating disadvantages. Findings show there is a certainly a perception that the television broadcasting landscape currently falls short in serving both the industry and audience satisfactorily, and a latent demand was found for a supplementary television service for Scotland. This finding is now particularly significant due to the BBC’s recent announcement that a new television channel for Scotland will be launched in the Autumn of 2018.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Scotland, broadcasting, television, Scottish, national identity, stateless nations, media, small nations, BBC Scotland, STV, television production, Scottish audiences.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
Supervisor's Name: Schlesinger, Professor Philip and Doyle, Professor Gillian
Date of Award: 2018
Depositing User: Dr Nicola Johnson
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-9106
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 10:32
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 13:05
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/9106

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