GCU hosts Media in Scotland: After the Referendum

02 December 2014

GCU hosts Media in Scotland conference

GCU hosts Media in Scotland conference

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will bring together influential media practitioners, policy makers, politicians, academics and the public on Tuesday, January 13, for a one-day conference ‘The Media in Scotland: After the Referendum’.

Tom Thomson, Managing Editor of the Herald & Times Group, will explore the prospects of the Scottish press. The Herald & Times Group publishes The Herald, Evening Times and Sunday Herald and associated websites. Mr Thomson previously had a long international career with Reuters.

Other topics for discussion will be the new system of press regulation, whether the structure of broadcasting north of the border is fit for purpose, and what lessons can be learned from experiences elsewhere in the world, which are relevant to ensuring a vibrant media sector north of the border.

A panel with Charles McGhee, formerly editor of The Herald and the Evening Times, will analyse regulation following the Leveson inquiry. Mr McGhee is a board member of the new Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), which has replaced the Press Complaints Commission. He is also a GCU Honorary Professor in Media and Journalism.  

Professor Michael Bromley, City University, London, will speak on ‘Financing the media: lessons from abroad’. Professor Bromley has taught in Australia, the US and the UK. He has published several books including, most recently, ‘International News in the Digital Age’.

Professor Neil Blain from Stirling University will explore ‘Broadcasting post-Referendum’. Professor Blain was a member of the Scottish Digital Network Panel which reported to the Scottish government in 2011 and he is currently co-editing a series of essays on how the referendum was dealt with by the media both in Britain and in other parts of the world. Professor Blain will be joined by David Strachan, Managing Director of Tern Television.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, January 13, in GCU’s Centre for Executive Education.

Ben McConville, Head of Social Sciences Media and Journalism at GCU, said: "The referendum campaign energised Scottish politics in ways we could not have imagined. This conference will explore how that energy has impacted on the Scottish media and their future prospects."

Full details and registration.