‘Bateman’s been quiet’, I heard someone say. ‘ Must be the referendum hangover’. Well, far from it. In fact I’m half way to becoming a media magnate as plans to develop a new digital media proceed behind the scenes. Think Randoph Hearst or Rupert Murdoch…OK, not Rupert Murdoch.
I’m as frustrated as anyone else at the piss poor coverage of the referendum. It was at best patchy, at worst execrable, biased, led by Better Together and completely missed the appetite of the Yes people for something – anything – to reflect their views and aspirations. We will not be put back in our box.
I’ve been trying to do something different by inviting guests on to batemanbroadcasting to open up about their beliefs and tell their story – without constantly interrupting and treating them like coconuts on a stall. Our filmed versions on Youtube have been a bit of a hit giving insights into Alex Salmond and his childhood influences, Elaine C Smith and her Labour disillusion and Billy Kay, a wonderfully evocative story teller. Others included folk you’ve maybe never heard of but whose voice is just as valid but rarely if ever heard in the conventional media.
Scotland is alive with people with stories to tell but who can’t get the interest of media outlets more interested in pre-packaged story-lines that don’t upset the powers that be and the advertisers.
I know may of you are aching for something more intelligent and responsive. I hope to bring it you soon. The idea, in conjunction with the founders of Newsnet and others, is to combine the written word – news, analysis and comment based around the well established and popular Newsnet brand – the first and original – with digital programming, both radio and on screen, through batemanbroadcasting, produced by my production partner TVI.
It would mean all formats in one wrapper bringing together Newsnet, Derek Bateman Broadcaster, batemanbroadcasting.com and other content providers we negotiate with. We’re ready to cooperate with others. You will not be excluded. There will be fully interactive access to make a complete platform for intelligent opinion.You will have the chance to join us and become part of our project by contributing both financially through subscription, donation and crowd funding, and materially, by suggesting subjects to cover and taking part in a programme of events and online discussion.
Newsnet is the longest-established website which began in 2009 arguing for Devo Max – until the 2011 election produced an SNP majority and a referendum – when it focussed on independence. Now, in 2014 we’re back at the beginning, examining Devo Max. It has built a solid and loyal following but the founders recognise it is time to move forward into a new post-referendum age, joining forces with my operation. Combining our two outfits produces a seriously large consumer base. We hope to hold on to all of you and grow the project. Details will follow soon and I’ll tell you what we need and how you can take part. Something is growing organically out of the exhilarating referendum process. I intend to act quickly. Let’s capture it together.
In the meantime, I’ll have to get back into the broadcasting saddle. If you’d like to be interviewed and have something to say – AND fancy meeting us – drop me an email and I’ll get in touch.
PS what do you think of Bateman Global for a company name? Too much? What about The Scotsman…that title’s not doing much these days. Or Dodgy Derek’s Dippy Doodles? (I have today cancelled my subscription to the Times and the Guardian)