John Collins: Let’s levy to invigorate the Scottish media

OF the 194 comments that currently accompany the suggestion, most appear to be against.

I refer, of course, to the proposal – published last year in The Guardian – that “a small levy on UK broadband providers – no more than £2 a month on each subscriber’s bill – could be distributed to news providers in proportion to their UK online readership…[to] solve the financial problems of quality newspapers, whose readers are not disappearing, but simply migrating online”.

Well, I for one, like the idea. And not just derived from broadband use. And why? Not for the narrow purposes of preserving the print media, or even expanding digital infrastructure into remote areas, but to invigorate Scotland’s media talent pool and encourage both localness and risk-taking within it.

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