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Channel 4 confirms casting team to find Scottish family for Gogglebox

17 November 2021

Following the Scottish Affairs Committee’s evidence session on Public Broadcasting in Scotland with Channel 4, its Chief Executive Alex Mahon has written to MPs.

During the session held in September, MPs explored a number of areas ranging from privatisation, Channel 4 presence in Scotland and the impact covid-19 had on its production companies.

Within the response, which clarifies and expands on a number of issues, further details are provided on the volume of complaints Channel 4 received relating to Scotland last year, as well as information relating to the nature of those complaints.

Ms Mahon also confirmed that Channel 4 has since agreed a separate budget for a dedicated casting team to find a suitable Scottish family to appear on its hit show, Gogglebox. It is hoped that at least one Scottish family will be appearing on the programme from the New Year.

Scottish Affairs Committee Chair, Pete Wishart MP, said:

“Channel 4 has impressive credentials for supporting independent producers and offering opportunities for young people wishing to explore the sector. We are bursting at the seams with talent in Scotland, and I am pleased to hear Channel 4’s efforts to harness this potential.

“A theme which came up in our evidence session was the lack of a Scottish family on Gogglebox. It is clear some have approached the channel with similar concern, often offering themselves as an option. I am therefore pleased to see a dedicated team tasked with this and look forward to seeing the successful family on our screens in the new series!”

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