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BBC Scotland seeking a referendum editor to head up new £5m project

BBC Scotland is searching for a referendum editor to head up a new £5m unit which will produce a series of documentaries and debates in the run up to the independence vote, according the The Herald.

Insiders at the BBC’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow have said that the although no official job description has been made public, the new editor will work behind the scenes on themed programmes and local debates and will report to BBC Scotland's head of news and current affairs, John Boothman.

The report comes after the BBC scrapped its Digital Media Initiative this week, having spent nearly £100m over three years, with the NUJ describing the scheme as a "shocking waste of money."

However, a BBC Scotland spokesman reportedly said of this latest investment: "The referendum is of huge significance for Scotland and this additional investment – bringing up to 50 new temporary jobs – will ensure audiences here get the comprehensive output they expect from impartial journalism."

Meanwhile, BBC Director-General Tony Hall said he wanted the “BBC to be able to reflect, analyse and discuss them in as much detail as possible and this additional funding will allow us to do just that.”

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