Lack of TV network is bizarre, says culture minister

  • 9 March 2011
  • From the section Scotland
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Image caption The SNP has backed the creation of a new Scottish digital network

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.

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