Good Mourning Scotland get a pet establishment prof and a journo pal to tell them not to worry about the Ofcom report and of course ignore the Scottish thing

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The Ofcom report today says this or something akin to it, seven times:

People in Scotland, those aged 65 and over, especially disabled people in this age group, also continue to rate the BBC’s delivery of Public Purpose 4 lower than the overall population.

I don’t know yet the actual figures but BBC Scotland, broadcast, online and radio have been studiously ignoring it. Good Morning Scotland did report on its problem attracting younger audiences, only, this morning with the Professor of Cultural Theory at Glasgow University and Maggie Brown, a ‘Channel 4 historian.’

Neither raised the issue of Scots’ disaffection with BBC Scotland’s ‘public purpose’ but then I don’t suppose that would be on the radar of a Glasgow professor or the English channel’s self-appointed historian.

Brown was keen to reassure Hayley Millar that the BBC was no more struggling to attract young folk than ITV or Channel 4 and that it had the resources and talent to fight back against the dastardly Netflix and other ‘streamers.’ Schlesinger was less optimistic and seemed to want to blame politicians for being distracted by other things. Brown came back with the evidence that her four grown-up children were now watching BBC kid’s programmes with their own bairns, so all would be well. Schlesinger finished with this astonishing revelation of his establishment credentials with:

‘The idea that the BBC is going to remain paramount in reflecting the UK back to itself is extremely desirable but at the same time increasingly questionable.’

Click to access second-bbc-annual-report.pdf

5 thoughts on “Good Mourning Scotland get a pet establishment prof and a journo pal to tell them not to worry about the Ofcom report and of course ignore the Scottish thing

  1. Aye well her kids kids will watch Cbeebies until they are five and then go on to Xbox or whatever never to return to the BBC again , let’s be thankful for that ! .

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  2. It took me a while to make sense of this, before I realised who ‘Schlesinger’ was. Perhaps you could edit the piece to attach his name to his title.


  3. An interesting development within the remaining Scottish print media – Promotion for Callum Baird who is now editing both The National AND The Evening Times. From holdthefrontpage. Link and snippets below: (Congrats to Callum who has done a pretty darn miraculous job at the National given the resources available to him. And – who knows – maybe the Evening Times might permit itself to carry a rather more balanced coverage of Scottish political life in due course? – all to the good if it does):

    The editor of a pro-Scottish independence newspaper has been promoted to a new role which includes added responsibility for one of its sister dailies.

    Newsquest Scotland has announced Callum Baird will take on the role of managing editor of both The National and the Glasgow Evening Times next month.

    Callum has edited The National since 2015, having served as its founding deputy editor the year before that.

    Callum will take up his new role on Monday 4 November.


  4. Beeb Scotland are making me reach for my tinfoil hat again – and I really wish they wouldn’t do that! – Beeb Scotland are carrying an interesting story about a resourceful Orkney GP who has come up with an imaginative scheme to attract GPs from other areas to come and spend some time working in remote and rural areas in Scotland. The story is interesting and current. Beeb Scotland, however, choose not to carry it on their full Scotland News page – and consign the article to their Highlands and N.E. Scotland pages only. WHY? (oops – the scheme is supported and promoted by the SNP Scottish Govt – Silly me – there was me forgetting – SNP Scottish Govt baaaad, Scotland rubbish, NHS Scotland irredeemable etc, etc, etc). Link and snippets below (huge congrats to Dr. Siderfin of Orkney for coming up with the idea and for the SRMC developing the plan – and to the SNP Scottish Govt for funding it).

    A scheme to tackle a shortage of GPs in some of Scotland’s most isolated communities could be rolled out.

    The Joy initiative, aimed at helping doctors “rediscover the joy of general practice”, operates in four health boards in the north of Scotland.

    It has so far seen 27 doctors recruited from other areas to work up to 18 weeks a year in practices that previously found it difficult to attract a GP.

    The scheme was pioneered by Orkney GP Dr Charlie Siderfin.

    It has been used in the areas covered by NHS Highland, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

    Dr Siderfin said: “We advertised for GPs through the British Medical Journal and the response was excellent.”

    “I think in part because GPs see this as a collaborative and systematic effort to address recruitment and retention issues rather than a sticking-plaster approach.”

    Governance and evaluation of the project is the responsibility of the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC), which was set up with Scottish government funding last year.

    Ralph Roberts, from the SRMC, said that The Joy was helping to improve GP recruitment to some of the country’s more isolated communities.

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    1. A couple of months ago I was working in a community garden project and one of the other volunteers was a self-employed musician. However, in the course of our blethering, it turned out that she had been a GP. She had always wanted to study music, but her father had insisted that she study medicine and, on qualifying she worked as a GP in the northern isles. When her father died, she had returned to studying music, obtained her degree and began working as a musician, in Glasgow. However, for several years she had returned to the northern isles for long periods to be a locum GP, to allow the resident GPs to take holidays. While we were working a friend of hers arived. She was a GP in Shetland, whom the musician was going to stand in for in a few weeks time. (She had come to Glasgow to give us some wildflower seeds which she had harvested from her croft.)

      Perhaps this was an example of what you have been talking about.

      Although there is a thriving music scene in the northern isles, there are more opportunities in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but given that income from music can be fragile, being able to work as a fairly well paid locum post would provide a degree of security to support work in music for the remainder of the year. Clearly, there was an affection for the northern isles and there was also a sense of satisfaction in using her medical training.

      This kind of thing is too nuanced for BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs – they want things that show that Scotland is ‘pure baaaad’!


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