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Scottish News Consortium selected to produce Scottish news for STV

The Scottish News Consortium (SNC), which includes the Herald & Times Group, has been selected to produce Scottish news for STV by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The SNC will now also create the UK’s first fully integrated TV-to-internet news service, with the proposed name of ScotlandFirst.

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The consortium comprises Scotland’s three leading newspaper companies - DC Thomson, the Herald & Times Group and Johnston Press - as well as the independent television production company Tinopolis. It was selected by the DCMS following a rigorous appraisal process which was supported by Ofcom, the industry regulator, and by a panel of leading media experts. The final stage in the process before ScotlandFirst can begin its service is for the SNC to agree separate contracts with DCMS and STV. SNC Chairman Mark Wood said, "We have a unique opportunity to change the nature of news provision for the people of Scotland for the better, and we are confident that we will. Our radical plans will stimulate interest and debate around news at local, regional and national level. "We will build on the proud tradition of independent thinking in Scotland by listening to and engaging with the people, so that the issues and stories we cover are ones which are important to them. We will give Scotland the service it deserves." In its announcement today, DCMS said: "SNC set out an imaginative and innovative cross-platform approach to news provision adding the reporting resources of its partner newspapers and a new website to a strong TV proposition.  "The proposals represented a clear sense of public value associated with a credible news alternative to the BBC in Scotland. The planned website would act as a portal to 130 local newspaper partner websites."


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