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Scottish broadcaster would replace BBC

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Staff writer ▼ | November 27, 2013
An independent Scotland will create a new public service broadcaster, founded on the staff and assets of BBC Scotland, and funded by the current licence fee, the Scottish Government said.
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BBC ScotlandAn independent Scotland will create a new public service broadcaster, founded on the staff and assets of BBC Scotland, and funded by the current licence fee, the Scottish Government said.


Its White Paper sets out plans to set up the Scottish Broadcasting Service (SBS), offering content for television, radio and online from the start of 2017. The new SBS will inherit a proportionate share of the BBC's commercial ventures totalling around 13 million pounds as well as receiving licence fee revenue from Scotland to the tune of 320 million pounds, reports itv.

A formal relationship between the SBS and the BBC is proposed where SBS will continue to supply the BBC with programming in return for access to BBC services across Scotland.

"Scotland currently stands far behind countries and regions of similar size in terms of the hours of original television production and employment by our national broadcaster. The Scottish Government has successfully pressed for increased production in Scotland: in particular, the share of BBC network production made in Scotland rose from 3 per cent in 2007 to 9 per cent in 2011, slipping slightly to 7.6 per cent in 2012.

"However, the money we contribute in licence fees should be doing more to service Scottish audiences, and to deliver jobs and opportunities here in Scotland for those involved in our creative sector and creative industries," the white paper states.


 

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