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Why the crisis in Scottish media is much bigger than the Scotsman

Scotland today is a diverse and complex country teeming with good news stories. But nobody has figured out the right media to tell them

By Dominic Hinde  

The Scotsman has struggled to adapt to the age of digital media. Photo: PA

The news that the Scottish media group Johnston Press is no more—its business transferred to a new company—had been coming for some time. The owners of the Scotsman, the i and a raft of regional titles had built an empire from humble roots in Falkirk only to contract spectacularly as it failed to deal adequately with its past or properly plan for its future.

It is telling that when the Scotsman and sister paper the Edinburgh Evening News vacated their cavernous…

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