Culture Secretary expresses concern for job losses in Scottish media sector

The Scottish Government,
26 March 2013, Scotland

Commenting on the announcement of further media job losses in Scotland, with the news that 30 editorial staff face redundancy at the Scotsman, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

"It is deeply disappointing to hear that there look set to be further job losses in the Scottish media.  We are already seeing job losses at the BBC that risk the quality of news reporting.  Job losses at the Scotsman, alongside repeated redundancies in other parts of the industry raise further concerns.

"At what is one of the most exciting times in Scotland’s story there is a need for strong and balanced journalism across the board.  It is increasingly hard for professional journalists to produce the high-quality work that built Scotland’s reputation for journalism when faced with continued cuts.  There is no doubt the media, and the consumption habits of readers, are changing and we must all move with the times, but there is no substitute for quality journalism in any format."