A SIX-week consultation has begun on the BBC’s recently-announced intention to launch a new television channel for Scotland in autumn 2018.
The proposal is part of the overall commitment, made by the BBC during the recent review of its Charter, to increase investment in Scotland and to ensure that proportionately more of the licence fee is spent on dedicated services in Scotland.
The increased funding will also mean increased production, of benefit to Scotland’s production sector and to the creative economy as a whole.
Under the terms of the BBC Charter and Agreement, such a change requires the BBC to undertake a Public Interest Test which will consider the impact such a channel could have.
The consultation is open to all but the BBC would particularly welcome views from industry stakeholders and other interested parties in Scotland.
The consultation document and advice on how to respond can be found atwww.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/howwework/accountability/consultations/scotland_tv
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