Independent Scotland; BBC North; Young Journalist Award
In this week's Media Show from Salford, Steve speaks to the Scottish minister for culture Fiona Hyslop on her vision for broadcasting in an independent Scotland. It's been suggested that Scotland would have its own public service broadcaster based on the existing staff and assets of BBC Scotland, should it gain independence, so could this work? And Steve questions how the government could ensure people could get access to popular programmes, like Eastenders, should the BBC cease to exist in the country.
It's been 18 months since the controversial BBC move to Salford was completed. A wide range of programmes including Match of the Day, Blue Peter, and BBC Sport are now produced there. However, questions have been raised about the cost of the move and the scale of the allowances paid to some staff to relocate. Steve talks to Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, about whether the move has met it's key objectives to better serve audiences in the north, and improve the quality of content.
And a young journalist from the developing world will be announced as the winner of a new award being sponsored by the Thomson Foundation. The finalists are all under 30, working in countries with a GDP per capital of less than $20,000. They are Judy Kosgei, a former childrens radio presenter from Kenya; investigative journalist Neha Dixit from India, and award-winning science writer Toyosi Ogunseye from Nigeria. Steve speaks to the winner about how the award will better their career in journalism.
Producer: Katy Takatsuki.