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Sep 22, 2016

BBC's Scottish Six, Fake Sheik, Channel 4 Paralympics: The Guardian - September 22, 2016.

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The big story

STV has announced a new Scottish bulletin, beating the BBC which is being called on to launch a Scottish Six programme.
STV has announced a new Scottish bulletin, beating the BBC which is being called on to launch a Scottish Six programme. Photograph: David Rose/The Daily Telegraph/PA
The ongoing battle over the “Scottish Six” programme many in Scotland want the BBC to produce has taken another twist with the news that commercial rival STV is to launch its own combination of global, Scottish and UK news.
It’s not hard to see why the BBC is taking its time to work out if it will produce a Scottish Six, and if it does what format it will be. Looming cuts coupled with government urging to promote the cohesion of the UK make the decision all the harder.
Yet STV has clearly realised that there is demand for such a service, and has been able to move faster to meet it. If a Scottish Six does get made by the BBC, it will be playing catch-up from the get-go.

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ITV has acquired US comedy The Great Indoors featuring Stephen Fry.
ITV has acquired US comedy The Great Indoors featuring Stephen Fry. Photograph: BAFTA/Whizz Kidd Entertainment/BBC/BAFTA/Whizz Kidd Entertainment
ITV has acquired CBS sitcom The Great Indoors starring Steven Fry, reports Variety
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YouTube is to live stream presidential debates from PBS, NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and the Washington Post, says Variety
Newspaper advertising was down 18% year on year in August, as publishers consider joint ad sales operations, according to Brand Republic (£)

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