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BBC's commitment to Scotland – amid shortfall in spending on programmes made in Scotland – to be discussed with MPs

16 July 2021

The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear from BBC Scotland on the current media landscape in Scotland. The Director of BBC Scotland, Steve Carson, will be joined by the network’s Head of Multiplatform Commissioning and Head of News and Current Affairs.

Background

BBC spend in Scotland has fluctuated in recent years and, despite Ofcom praising the BBC’s ability to support Scotland’s creative economy, the BBC missed its spend quota in Scotland last year. In addition, recent reports have suggested that control of two BBC Scotland studios could be taken over by BBC Studioworks in Elstree, Hertfordshire.  

The Committee held a previous session with BBC Scotland in 2018. MPs will use Monday’s session to explore topics including: 

  • The BBC’s commitment to Scotland;
  • The BBC’s performance in Scotland;
  • UK Government support for public service broadcasting;
  • The impact of the rise of streaming services and social media;
  • How an increasingly digital world could impact the ease at which non-English content - such as BBC Alba and BBC  Radio nan Gàidheal - can be found.

Ofcom has found that people in Scotland watch the most broadcast television of any UK nation, with BBC One productions being the top three most-viewed shows in Scotland in 2019.   

Witnesses

Tuesday 20 July

From 10am

  • Steve Carson, Director, BBC Scotland
  • Louise Thornton, Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, BBC Scotland
  • Gary Smith, Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC Scotland

Further information

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