Scottish Enterprise to publish Boradcasting strategy for economic development

Scottish Enterprise is to published a strategy for the economic development of Scottish Broadcasting following the First Minister's response to the recommendations made by the Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

The publications will build on the analysis and recommendations from the report delivered by the Scottish Broadcasting commission.

The news follows the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond’s response to the commissions recommendations in which he stated that the proposals meant “nothing less than a revolution in Scottish broadcasting.”

Salmond outlined the Scottish Government's response to the report, which will focus on three key aspects: ‘Delivering a fair share of network production for Scotland’, ‘Creating a new Scottish public service network, as a focal point for the long-term development of Scottish broadcasting’ and ‘Strengthening accountability and diversity in broadcasting, to ensure that Scottish interests are fully represented.’

Salmond said: "The Commission's central proposal is for a new Scottish Network consisting of a dedicated television channel and online dimension and this is a view I fully support.

"It is high time Scotland had its own dedicated digital network. Culturally, economically, democratically, this country deserves its own network to develop home grown broadcasting and multi media talent.

"At present, some £300 million is raised from Scottish licence feepayers, yet only £140 million is actually spent in Scotland - illustrating a substantial investment shortfall.”

Salmond continued by saying that he fully supported the recommendation that a new Scottish digital network should be fully funded under the public service broadcast remit.

He also told Parliament that Culture Minister Linda Fabiani had written to the Westminster Culture Secretary Andy Burnham to make direct representations in support of the Commission's proposals, in particular the creation of a Scottish network channel.

Published last month, the report made a range of recommendations to enhance the economic and cultural weight of the Scottish broadcasting sector.

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