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Broadcasters in democracy debate

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Broadcasting in Scotland is being scrutinised by the SBC

Leading media figures are to take part in a panel discussion on whether democracy in Scotland is being well served by its broadcasters.

The event at St Andrews in the Square in Glasgow has been organised by the Scottish Broadcasting Commission (SBC) in association with the Sunday Herald.

The panel includes the BBC's deputy director general Mark Byford and ITV news editor-in-chief David Mannion.

Questions will be drawn from industry experts and members of the public.

The SBC was set up by First Minister Alex Salmond to find ways of strengthening the sector in Scotland.

'Frank debate'

Its chair, Blair Jenkins, said: "Broadcasting plays a crucial role in keeping people informed about what is happening in Scotland, around the UK and in the wider world.

"There has been a great deal of discussion in recent years about how news and current affairs should be delivered for Scottish audiences, particularly on television.

"This event should be a great opportunity to have a full and frank debate about what we have called 'the democratic imperative' of broadcasting."

The panel will be chaired by Channel 4's director of nations and regions, Stuart Cosgrove.

Other panel members include, Glasgow Caledonian University's Gerry Hassan, Sunday Herald columnist Iain McWhirter and the Daily Telegraph's Scottish editor Alan Cochrane.


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