Lack of TV network is bizarre, says culture minister
- 9 March 2011
- From the section Scotland
Scotland's lack of a television network is "bizarre", SNP Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop has claimed.
Her comments to Holyrood's culture committee came as she repeated calls for a slice of the television licence fee to create a digital network.
Former Scottish Broadcasting Commission chairman Blair Jenkins earlier described the channel as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".
Broadcasting is an issue which is reserved to Westminster.
Ms Hyslop's appearance followed a report in January, looking at how a Scottish digital network could be set up and the multi-million pound cost met.
"The Digital Network Panel's report pointed out that in many respects, it is bizarre that Scotland, as a modern, European nation, does not already have its own television network," said the minister.
"I firmly believe that the momentum behind a proposal for an additional network is such that the network will be established."
The BBC has said it had no plans to revisit the current six-year licence fee deal.