Committee considers BBC’s future role for Scotland

28.09.2015

How well is the BBC serving Scotland and Scottish audiences? Could Scotland get a fairer share of BBC spending? These are amongst the questions being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee as it examines the renewal of the BBC charter from a Scottish perspective.

Other key issues for the Committee will include the scale and scope of the BBC as well as how it interacts with and alongside other broadcast and publishing media across Scotland.

To help with the inquiry, the Committee want to hear from people and organisations across Scotland for their views on the future of the BBC.

Committee Convener, Stewart Maxwell MSP said,

“A BBC which truly serves and represents Scotland and its people is clearly what should be delivered. Our Committee will explore how well the BBC can do this while also looking at what might be required to meet the technological challenges and changes that lie ahead across the industry.

“But our work is about more than just ensuring the Scottish voice is represented. We will explore BBC funding in Scotland and look at how this is used and how transparent this can and should be. We also want to learn about how the BBC can develop talent in Scotland and harness the creative energy which exists. Only by looking at this wider picture can we be sure that the BBC in Scotland can thrive and grow to the benefit of the whole country.”

The Committee has drafted a short survey asking for views.

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BBCcharter/

Background

The BBC was established under Royal Charter which sets out how it is constituted, its public purposes and the role and composition of the BBC Trust and Executive Board. The current 10 year charter agreement runs until the end of 2016.

The Smith Commission stated there should be a formal consultative role for the Scottish Parliament in the process of reviewing the BBC’s charter.

More information about the Committee’s work can be found at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/29800.aspx

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