Broadcasting commission starts evidence gathering

AN investigation into the future of broadcasting in Scotland begins its evidence gathering today, with Channel 4 first up.

The Scottish Broadcasting Commission – set up by First Minister, Alex Salmond – will hear from senior executives from the channel, including boss, Andy Duncan.

Also appear in front of Commission members is director of Nations and Regions, Stuart Cosgrove, head of Corporate Relations, Nick Toon, and production company development manager, Nations and Regions, Claire Hancock.

The Commission’s final report is expected at the end of summer.

Says Commission chair, Blair Jenkins: “We have a challenging but exciting programme designed to get the maximum insight into where broadcasting is now and how audiences and those working in the industry in Scotland could be better served.

“It is important for Scottish society that the creative industries in Scotland can take advantage of new and emerging opportunities. We are looking forward to hearing the views of many with a role and interest in broadcasting in order to help us develop recommendations for the way forward.

“We are pleased to welcome Channel 4 as the first to give evidence to us. In this, the 25th anniversary year of the broadcaster, we are keen to hear what plans they have for the future and the place Scotland has in these plans in relation both to our production sector and our audiences.”