BBC must commit to long-term production of Scottish content

Senior representatives from the BBC were told today (27 Sept) by a Green MSP that the broadcaster must do more to commit to the long-term production of Scottish television content. 

Ross Greer MSP raised concerns with the BBC’s deputy director-general and Scotland director that external production companies are being offered better long-term contracts than companies already based in Scotland. This came after concerns were raised in the previous committee session by expert witnesses from Scottish production companies.

Speaking after today’s meeting of the European and External Relations Committee, Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ Culture & Media spokesperson, said:

“It is clear that more television and film content should and could be made here in Scotland. We’ve already shown that we can do this to a high standard with programmes like Question Time and Robot Wars.

"The responsibility placed on the BBC and other broadcasters must now be to ensure that the incentives offered for companies already established in Scotland are the same as those based elsewhere in the UK and beyond. The talent already exists here; we need to nurture and grow it.”