Scotland seeks digital channel

Scotland should get its own digital television channel and more money to address a significant imbalance in its share of national broadcasting, an independent inquiry The Scottish Broadcasting Commission suggests that UK broadcasters are failing to properly serve their audiences in Scotland or spend a fair proportion of their budgets on Scottish programmes – a deficit the industry’s regulators and successive governments have also failed to correct.

The commission, set up 13 months ago by Alex Salmond, the nationalist first minister, said Scotland needed a publicly-funded digital channel with its own news bulletins and a budget big enough to commission current affairs, drama and entertainment It would also be shown UK-wide on satellite, Freeview or cable.

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