We in Wales look to Scotland with envy to what could be in terms of quality media with two quality broadsheets in the form of the Scotsman and the Herald as well as the popular Daily Record (with 300,000 sales) and its sister paper the Sunday Mail, together with Scottish editions of the Sun (Scotland's most popular). We see the press in Scotland as having been hugely influential in developing and challenging Scotland's mature democracy.
But all is not well with Scotland's newspapers with the announcement by Trinity Mirror of massive journalistic job losses at the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail.
This has been met by outrage by Labour and SNP MSP's with yesterday's Sunday Herald publishing two pages of comments by nine media experts asking whether the cuts would, "harm the health of the nation itself" This was followed by an excellent editorial, "Troubled Scottish press presents a problem for us all."
Fewer Scottish titles mean a narrower range of voices, a narrower range of opinions and debate, a less effective watchdog and less concentration on Scottish stories, Scottish politics and Scottish culture
It will be interesting to see what actions the Scottish Government will take in respect of this crisis and whether we in Wales will learn any lessons in our attempt to create a more diverse media in Wales or at least one that is not dominated by Trinity Mirror and its in-built bias.