Blair Jenkins says new Scottish digital channel is 'once-in-lifetime' opportunity

Blair Jenkins, a former Scottish Broadcasting Commision chairman, yesterday told members of the Scottish Parliament that a new digital TV channel for Scotland would be a game changer.

He told Holyrood's Education and Culture Committee that the new station represents a 'once-in-lifetime opportunity' for Scotland's creative economy.

Jenkins, who is also a former head of news and current affairs in Scotland, chaired the Scottish Digital Network Panel which was tasked with preparing a report on how the new network might be set up and financed.

One of its main conclusions was the license fee would be the most appropriate way of funding the operation.

He was reported by Associated Press as saying: “A lot of people in broadcasting and around are really disappointed with how broadcasting has responded to devolution. Any changes made in the last 10 years have been really pretty marginal. There are some very good programmes made but, there's no denying it, there isn't enough."

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