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30 May 2014

Stevenson Highlights Local News Coverage in Parliament Debate

In a Scottish Parliament debate on fairness for local television in Scotland, Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, praised the initiative for tapping into what people want.

Mr Stevenson said:

“There is an appetite for local news, which the new stations absolutely play into. The time for local television has come, as the cost of entry has shrunk to an entirely different level from that which it was at years ago.”

He praised local news coverage in the North-east, stating that the media industry in Scotland employs 3,500 people and that there is a great demand.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said

“The North-east is well-served by its network of local newspapers and local radio stations with reporters embedded in the communities they serve.

“The world is changing and will continue to change. Let us ensure that there is a fair wind for this excellent local television initiative—for which I am sure there will be great demand—and that our local stations are prominent, so that the public can easily access and enjoy them.”
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