Scotland’s First Minister called for the country’s media to be properly resourced to preserve national debate as she confirmed the government would seek talks with news organisations over planned job cuts and the future of newspaper titles.
In a response to a question by Graeme Dey MSP, SNP for Angus South, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said they would be discussing what Johnston Press plans are over a series of titles including Scotland on Sunday it states are sub-core.
She added: “Can I make a wider point, and that’s about the importance in our democracy of a free, vibrant and dynamic media.
“I think all of us will be concerned at this latest announcement, coming on the back of recent announcements we’ve seen about job losses in other areas of the media.
“All of us have a duty to make sure that we have a properly resourced media in this country to hold all of us to account as well as contribute to the national debate that we all want.”
Her comments came during Thursday’s session of First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood.