MSP Donald Cameron is continuing to encourage support for local media services.

The Highlands and Islands MSP has written to Kate Forbes, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, to urge the Scottish Government to help local newspapers, radio and online news providers.

Mr Cameron said: “The news media across the Highlands and Islands is providing an essential public service by keeping the public informed about the local impact of the pandemic.

“They are doing a fantastic job but it costs money to source and publish this information at a time when their advertising revenues are being slashed as a result of the emergency.

“I have suggested a number of measures that could be introduced but it is imperative that ministers act quickly or I fear we risk losing an invaluable part of our region’s infrastructure.”

Editor Fred Silver, of welovestornoway.com and EVENTS newspaper, said the local news media would be seen as letting down their readers and followers if they failed to continue publishing…but faced overwhelming odds given that advertising from local enterprises had almost evaporated. Surely, there was advertising from public sector sources which could be made available through all local media outlets.