Neswnight Scotland dedicated an entire edition to discussion of the relationship between politicians and the media last night. The hook was, of course, the Sun's decision to back the Conservatives (except in Scotland where, so far, it is only opposing Labour) 

The debate ranged widely.Do newspapers influence voting choices? If they do then how? Has the internet changed the relationship between government and media?  I went up to Wesminster to contribute from the Millbank studio. The other guests were Magnus Linklater, Times columnist and one of my predecessors at The Scotsman, and Charles McGhee, former editor of The Herald. The debate was interesting, so is reporter Derek Bateman's set-up package. You can watch both here  


A very interesting discussion indeed, I am split right down the middle on this subject. However, I believe there are plenty of Sun readers which one would assume vote Labour, will not at this general election in 2010. The Sun as an unofficial readership of 10million from a 3.1 daily circulation (ABC), it is not to be dismissed. Trevor Kavanagh has been the arch nemesis of Labour when The Sun was a Labour supporter, if you look beyond the face of the media it was evidently clear The Sun had switched to the Conservatives in early 2009. There is something about newspapers that online news content cannot do to me, I can immerse myself in the story and really understand the context page after page, I’m afraid cyberspace cannot do that.

The Media and Politicians