A SCOTTISH Broadcasting Corporation, independent of the BBC, would command a budget of £325million rather than the £175million currently being allocated to Scotland by the BBC in London – according to claims reported in today’s The Scottish Sun.
The paper quotes Pete Wishart MP, who is the SNP’s Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson, telling a conference on television in the nations and regions: “Scotland invented TV. When we have our own independent broadcaster, it will be coming home. An independent Scottish Broadcasting Corporation is entirely feasible and practical.”
Adds the paper: “Wishart stunned delegates at this week’s [Salford] nations and regions broadcast conference by threatening to snatch a huge chunk of the BBC’s £3.5billion annual income. He said a Scottish licence fee would mean £325million for our telly, rather than the £175million currently received, and that an independent SBC would ‘reverse the chronic London brain drain’.”