Scottish viewers not catered for


As South Africa approaches its digital broadcasting switch-on on 1 November with the promise of additional channels that will cater to marginalised audiences, comes the news that the Scottish Broadcasting Commission has ruled that UK broadcasters are failing to properly serve Scottish audiences.

The Commission maintains that Scotland should get its own digital television channel and a greater level of spending on Scottish productions. This new digital channel should be publicly funded with its own news and current affairs programmes. Budgets should be large enough to commission the country’s own drama and entertainment series, similar to the Welsh-language channel S4C.

Further, the Commission, which was set up 13 months ago, ruled that the BBC should speed up its pledge to spend 8.6% of its programming budget in Scotland.

Source: The Gaurdian


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