Biggest BBC Investment in Scotland in Twenty Years
The BBC has reviewed its programming and services in the nations. As a result of this, the BBC will be making significant changes and major investments in the nations. An announcement for Wales was made yesterday and further announcements will be made shortly.
The BBC is the national broadcaster for Scotland. The BBC wants to do even more to reflect Scotland on screen and to recognise the need to spend more of the licence fee raised in Scotland on Scottish content and services.
That is why the BBC is making the biggest single investment in broadcast content in Scotland in over twenty years.
From Autumn 2018, the BBC will be broadcasting a new TV channel – BBC Scotland. They will invest £19m in the channel and in digital developments.
They are also putting another £1.2 million into BBC Alba – which takes the total new commitment to services for Scotland – in Scotland – to £20 million.
They are also currently making major investments in Scottish programming across the BBC’s Network TV output, with a particular focus on the commissioning of drama and factual programmes. Compared to 2015/16, this means we will be spending around £20m extra, per year, over the three years to March 2019. This will support the delivery of our network production targets and put a greater emphasis on portraying the Nation.