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BBC Scotland Studios and broadcasting powers

EDM (Early Day Motion) 258: tabled on 28 June 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern findings of an investigation by The National newspaper which reported BBC Scotland senior Executives have been instructed to develop proposals to enable Studioworks, a subsidiary of the BBC to take over key parts of BBC Scotland’s operation by transferring control of two studios at Pacific Quay to the BBC in London; condemns this unacceptable power grab and asset stripping of the Glasgow studios which have been identified as a commercial opportunity by BBC management in London; believes these proposals may put at risk many jobs of the 150 direct employees as well as those in the wider TV and creative sector in Scotland; is dismayed at the suggestion under this proposal that BBC Scotland would lose a lucrative income stream from the studios, as well as making BBC Scotland pay Studioworks in future for using studios that it currently owns; pays tribute to the professionalism and loyalty of the studio employees, including camera operators, vision mixers and sound engineers; notes that the investigation reported that two senior BBC Scotland Executives have informed staff that this plan does not represent the best deal for Scotland; calls for responsibility for the regulation and licensing of broadcasting to be transferred to Holyrood to allow effective Ministerial oversight and parliamentary accountability of public sector broadcasting in Scotland; and further calls for a BBC Scotland interim board to be established, replacing the BBC Scotland Scottish Advisory Council, to be appointed by the Scottish Parliament to provide oversight and reflect Scottish views

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