Alastair Stewart: Should commentators run for office?
Writer and journalist Alastair Stewart argues that a new breed of pundits who wear their political affiliations on their sleeve undermines the balance in politics between commentators and politicians
SEVERAL years ago there was a Question Time moment that has stuck in my head ever since. Russell Brand was going through a phase of being seriously considered as a new maverick politico with a legitimate argument to make. He even released a book, Revolution (it really was just a stream of conscious though strung together with non-sequiturs and the odd chapter).
Robin McAlpine: The Sunday Herald was once Scotland's future; the media we have is only its past
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the end of the Sunday Herald, which will publish its last paper on Sunday [2 September], must spark a serious debate about the future of media in Scotland
AS A NEW millennium was approaching and the new Scottish Parliament was just beginning, something happened in Scotland which reflected the future I hoped for.
Leah Franchetti: 'Blood sport' reporting of Salmond sexual harassment claims makes me wonder if the media missed #MeToo
Leah Franchetti (@leahfranchetti), vice-chair of the Shettleston Labour Party and on the steering group of the Scottish Labour Women’s Movement, argues that media reporting of the Alex Salmond sexual harrasment allegations has been unedifying, and raises questions about the extent to which the culture within news rooms – still dominated by men – has changed
Corbyn floats BBC overhaul and public interest journalism fund to hold powerful accountable
Jeremy Corbyn has announced a series of 'radical' proposals which he said would re-empower those who create and consume media over those who own it
LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn has put forward a series of "radical" reforms which he hopes will start a public debate about how to create a media for the digital age which is controlled by those who consume and create it rather than by the elite.
Report: Jeremy Corbyn subjected to tsunami of negative press coverage in first week in charge
A report by the Media Reform Coalition has uncovered the degree of media bias against the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in his first week as the party's new leader
RESEARCH into eight daily UK newspapers and their Sunday supplements for the first week of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership in September analysed 494 news, comment and editorial pieces and found that 60 per cent were negative, 13 per cent positive and 27 per cent neutral on 13 to 19 September.
Fiona Hyslop proposes "federal BBC" and broadcasting reform to corporation chief
Culture Secretary advances plans for new Scottish television and radio channels
FIONA Hyslop has proposed a federal BBC, including greater funding for domestic broadcasting, to its director general Tony Hall.
The plans for reforming the BBC into a federalised structure with separate national boards, and with new tv and radio platforms for Scotland make up the Scottish Government's recommendations to the BBC's charter review of the organisation.