Creative industries policy and practice. a study of BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen

Hibberd, Lynne A. (2009) Creative industries policy and practice. a study of BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis examines creative industries policy in film and television in Scotland. It explores the impact that different approaches to creative industries policy have on creative practice in two media industries, BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen, and reflects on how each of these bodies articulates its role as a „national‟ institution. BBC Scotland is the Scottish branch of the UK‟s largest public service broadcaster, while Scottish Screen exists on a far smaller scale, to serve the screen industries in Scotland. The thesis examines the role of BBC Scotland in sustaining the creative economy and contributing to the cultural life of Scotland. The study of Scottish Screen examines a key early aim of the agency, that of establishing a national film studio. The work investigates the connections between UK and Scottish levels of creative industries policy in light of the debates over the future of public service broadcasting and the Scottish Executive‟s cultural policy framework. The study outlines how ideas of cultural creativity and its economic significance have developed, charts how these ideas have affected policy debate, and explores the extent to which devolution has affected film and television policy. By mapping the historical, sociological and political terrain, the research analyses the specificity of Scotland within the UK context and explores areas in which ideas of „the national‟ become problematic. In order to investigate how policy has impacted on the production of creative goods, a further three case studies are explored. These are the feature film Red Road (Arnold, 2006), an independent production company called The Comedy Unit, and a BBC Scotland television series, River City (BBC, 2002-date). The work concludes with an examination of the impact of contemporary policy developments, including the establishment of Creative Scotland and the Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: BBC Scotland, Scottish Screen, creative industries policy, Red Road, River City, The Comedy Unit, public service broadcasting, devolution, Scottish Broadcasting Commission, Creative Scotland
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Supervisor's Name: Schlesinger, Professor Philip
Date of Award: 2009
Depositing User: Ms Lynne A. Hibberd
Unique ID: glathesis:2009-683
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:24

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