The British Broadcasting Corporation, ever since demands that there be a ‘Scottish Six’ – an hour which would intergrate news from the UK and Scotland – have been under pressure to do something about it.
Director General Tony Hall has now, in the wake of this, announced that from 2018, the BBC will launch a new channel in Scotland, ‘BBC Scotland’, which will be shown from 7pm to midnight. At 9pm,the BBC channel will feature an hour long news programme, which will be presented from Scotland. The channel itself will have a budget of £30m – £19m investment, and £11m from BBC2 operations -, have a prominent slot on the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide), open up 80 new roles for journalists, and a budget of £20m for new UK-wide programmes. This means that Scotland will receive roughly £40m in annual funding.
“We know that viewers in Scotland love BBC television but we also know that they want us to better reflect their lives and better reflect modern Scotland. [..] The best way of achieving this is a dedicated channel for Scotland. [..] It’s a channel that will be bold, creative and ambitious, with a brand-new Scotland-edited international news programme at its heart.” – Tony Hall.
Aside from this, the BBC announced only yesterday that it would invest an extra £8.5m in Wales, and Welsh TV programmes that are in the English language.