No Need for Public Funding of stv, Recommends Scottish Broadcasting Review

stv should not be given any public funding, despite any temptation to reduce the number of programmes it makes that could be described as having a public service – according to the Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

The commission – which was set up last year to look at the current state of television in Scotland and help map a strategic future – yesterday issued its final report. And among its 22 recommendations, it believes stv ought to be a robust-enough business model to not require any funding from the public purse.

The commission’s main recommendation, for a new digital TV channel dedicated to the broadcasting of high-quality, original Scottish content – a Scottish Network – is based on receiving public funding (to the tune of between