Most people get their information on political issues from the media. Often this can influence people’s opinions. Sir David Steel discusses the negative criticism over the cost of the Scottish Parliament building. A journalist discusses the role the media plays in holding politicians to account. The media can also exert political influence through campaigns, such as the one carried out by the Daily Record newspaper to keep Peterhead prison open.

First broadcast:
11 December 2003

Students could study editorials or opinions columns from different newspapers to consider their political slant.