New Proposals For The BBC’s Services in Scotland and Wales
BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, has announced a range of new proposals for the BBC’s services in Scotland and Wales, as part of the BBC’s commitment to broadcasting in the Nations and reflecting the UK and the people it serves.
In Scotland he announced the biggest BBC investment in the Nation for 20 years. From autumn 2018 the BBC will be broadcasting a new TV channel – BBC Scotland, and will invest £19million in the channel and in digital developments. The new channel will include an integrated hour-long news programme, edited and presented from Scotland. He also announced an additional £1.2 million for BBC Alba – which takes the total new commitment to services for Scotland – in Scotland – to £20 million. The proposals will be subject to approval by the BBC’s new unitary board, and as necessary, by Ofcom. There will also be additional investment in Scottish content for the whole of the BBC Network. You can read more about the plans here.
…and just to give an idea of the great content that is already coming from Scotland to audiences across the UK, new psychological thriller The Replacement (9.00pm, BBC One) begins on Tuesday, staring Vicky McClure and Morven Christie…
In Wales, investment in English Language programming will rise by 50% in the biggest expansion of BBC Wales television output in a generation. The additional £8.5million per annum of new funding will help deliver a step-change in programming for Wales across a wide range of genres – including comedy, entertainment, drama, factual and culture – and enable BBC Wales to reach out to younger audiences and develop its online and mobile news services. Under the plans, total investment in English language TV services is expected to reach almost £30million per annum by 2019/20. You can read more about the proposals here.