Participants Wanted for Study on Local Radio News

A lecturer from Edinburgh Napier University is conducting a study of local radio in Scotland, and is looking for residents to join a focus group to discuss radio listening and news habits in Highland Perthshire.

As part of his PhD at the University of Stirling, Alex Kocic aims to establish whether local news is being effectively provided via Scottish radio stations, and how well it serves the Scottish audience well. His study focuses on the current setup for Scottish radio news, and whether there are any possible ways forward.

He says that Scotland “finds itself in a peculiar position of not having any local public service radio, neither in major urban areas such as Glasgow or Edinburgh, nor in the rural ones like the Borders or Highlands.

“My study aims to establish whether the current local news provision in Scotland – dominated by a network of commercial radio stations and supplemented by a national BBC station and a range of community stations – serves Scottish audiences well or not.”

Residents in Highland Perthshire are encouraged to take part for a focus group, to be held online in July. Face-to-face meetings may be possible, depending on Government advice regarding social distancing. The focus group will take around 45 minutes. Please note that participants who work in a media organisation, such as radio, TV or newspapers, cannot take part.

To express your interest in the focus group, you can e-mail Alex directly at: Or, you can fill in the form below, and Alex will get back to you.

    Note: Your details will be passed directly to Alex Kocic at Edinburgh Napier University, and will not be stored by Heartland Multimedia.

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