Saturday, 21 May 2011
The BBC v Scotland
The BBC hasn't served Scotland well for many years but when the corporation decided to build a new £72m office in Glasgow, which opened in 2007, it was thought there may be some change of heart from the London based organisation.
The First Minister wants a Scottish Digital Network which would air local news and current affairs, homegrown drama and entertainment plus minority sports. The channel would be financed by £75m from the UK licence fee. Considering the cost of moving the Breakfast Show to Salford is in the region of £877 million - with no real advantage to viewers - an SDN would be excellent value for money.
Another nonsensical move is the production of the Weakest Link (to be dumped next year), Eggheads and the Review Show from the Pacific Quay BBC Scottish HQ plus the controversial move of Question Time. What is Scottish about any of these programmes? Nothing. It's purely a PR exercise to 'balance' the percentages of regional programmes.
Now that the majority of the Question Time production team are based in Glasgow, surely we could have a BBC Scotland Question Time once a month until the new Scottish channel is in place.
Or is this asking too much for our licence fee?