Thursday, 1 April 2010
NEWSPAPER BID FOR STV NEWS MAY NOT NOW GO AHEAD
A newspaper consortium bid to run the news on STV may be in doubt after it emerged the group will not be able to sign a contract until after 16 April.
If the election campaign is under way by 16 April it could delay signing further until after 6 May. The Conservatives have said they would scrap the scheme if elected. SNC, which was awarded the subsidised two-year pilot for STV news last week, is made up of DC Thomson, the Herald and Times Group, Johnston Press and Tinopolis.
I would be over the moon if this RAG-TAG consortium was not awarded this pilot as I believe that it would be RETROGRADE STEP for news in Scotland. This group are well known in Scottish media circles for their PRO-UNIONIST, ANTI-SNP stance and to let them get their hands on the Scottish TV news would be a disaster. Can you imagine the standard of the Scottish 6 o'clock news if the Scotsman, (Johnston Press), got anywhere near it. I am quite sure this is why there have been several high profile resignations from the Scotsman in the last few months with some weel kent names going freelance.
It would be like inviting the KLU-KLUX-KLAN to take over the BAPTIST CHURCH OF MISSISSIPPI'S CHOIR PRACTISE!