Scotland may create BBC rival

Janet Harris

September 13, 2010

Scotland’s culture minister, Fiona Hyslop, has launched a review of whether Scotland needs its own public service broadcaster.

The Scottish Parliament would like a dedicated Scottish digital network, offering both TV and internet channels, which would rival the BBC.

The independent review panel will look at whether such a service is viable and how it could be funded.

It will be chaired by Blair Jenkins, who was head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland until 2006.

He was also chair of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission which recommended the creation of a Scottish Digital Network, funded with £75m of public money.

The review panel will report back to the Scottish Government in January.


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