Scotland's referendum: What are the issues around broadcasting?

The question of what will happen to broadcasting in the event of Scottish independence is a topic being debated in the referendum.

The pro-independence campaign says a publicly-funded Scottish Broadcasting Service would be created to provide TV, radio and online services. The pro-Union camp believes without the current British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) programmes would be lost and costs would increase.

Here, we bring together the main stories, explainers and official documents covering the issue.

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What's the current set-up?
BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay building

The BBC operates throughout the whole UK and the Westminster government oversees rules relating to broadcasting. The current licence fee stands at £145.50 annually and BBC Scotland has a budget of about £200m per year.

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What powers does Scotland have?

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What could change post-Yes?

The Scottish government's White Paper on independence says a publicly-funded Scottish Broadcasting Service, providing TV, radio and online services, would be established and work with the BBC in a joint venture. It suggests the licence fee would be the same as in the rest of the UK, and all current licence fee payment exemptions and concessions would be retained. The paper adds that existing licences for broadcasters in Scotland will be fully honoured.

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White Paper: Culture, communities and digital

Scotland 'would have licence fee TV'

Salmond outlines broadcast vision

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What do the pro-Union parties have to say?

The pro-Union Better Together campaign believes independence would lead to the loss of popular BBC programmes or result in households paying more for big sporting events and dramas. It reckons viewers in Scotland currently get a distinctive broadcasting service and world-class programmes from the BBC.

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Warning over 'free' BBC services

Government bodies 'to need copying'

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Who is saying what, including you?

Politicians, academics and industry experts have had much to say about the current broadcasting set-up and what might happen to it in the event of a "Yes" vote.

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Comedian Sanjeev Kohli asks: What will happen to the telly?

BSkyB: Referendum 'for the people'

STV quits CBI over referendum stance

Experts examine referendum claims

Unresolved questions on Scottish independence

Broadcasting body delivers report

Warning over 'free' BBC services

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  1.  
    11:40: Jay Beatty: Online abuse investigated by police

    Police are investigating "offensive comments" made about a young boy with Down's Syndrome who won the Scottish Professional Football League Goal of the Month award.

    Celtic fan Jay Beatty

    Celtic fan Jay Beatty lifted the award for January with 97% of the vote.

    However, comments on social media provoked a backlash at the weekend.

    A Police Scotland spokeswoman in Aberdeen said comments after the game between Celtic and Aberdeen were being investigated.

     
  2.  
    @bbcscotlandnews 'Bring harmony' Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    "I am a non-confrontational man and have always tried to bring harmony": David Somers on his exit from #Rangers:

     
  3.  
    11:25: Edinburgh jewellery theft

    An armed thief is being sought by police following a robbery following a robbery at an Edinburgh city centre jewellers.

    The man targeted Laing the jewellers in Frederick Street at 09:30.

    Police are appealing for information

    There have been unconfirmed reports he then hijacked a private hire car with a passenger inside and forced them to drive to the north side of the city.

    A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "We can confirm we were called to Frederick Street this morning to reports of a robbery taking place."

     
  4.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Gordon Brown - Your views

    Mark, Aberdeen: I find it strange that Gordon Brown is suggesting that some of the North Sea fields or installations could be closed down prematurely by operators. Doesn't he know that the premature closure of a viable UK Continental Shelf installation or field already requires approval for cessation of production from the UK government - through DECC - and that this process takes years? So the required controls on premature closure already exist, and they sit with the UK government. If Gordon Brown really wants to do something useful about relieving pressure on operators, he would be better placed to use his influence with his chums in the coalition government, and address the taxation issues that are compounding the current price issues in the industry.

     
  5.  
    11:12: Glasgow gig for Madonna

    Madonna will play Glasgow later this year as part of her latest tour.

    The Queen of pop, 56, announced the details of her Rebel Heart tour this morning on Twitter.

    Madonna Twitter feed

    The tour, which kicks off in Florida in August, will visit 35 cities in Europe and the US, and includes a date at Glasgow's SSE Hydro on 20 December.

    Fans will get access to pre-sale tickets on 10 March at 10:00, with general sales available six days later.

     
  6.  
    11:00: Chemical scare at Prestwick meat plant

    Firefighters have evacuated a meat factory in South Ayrshire after a suspected ammonia leak.

    Crews were called to Halls of Scotland food processing plant in Prestwick at 04:40 after staff raised the alarm.

    They called in an advisor from Glasgow Scientific Services before firefighters in atmospheric suits entered the premises in a bid to isolate the leak.

    No one has been injured. The fire service said the incident is likely to continue for some time.

     
  7.  
    @bbcscotlandnews Get involved - shop puns

    Rachel: Bloemen Ecke in Edinburgh is a double pun. Blooming Heck & Bloemen Dutch for Flowers, Ecke German for corner.

    Amna Hayat, Karachi: The Codfather!! Missing my Edinburgh neighbourhood.

     
  8.  
    10:42: Brown says UK government could part own oil fields

    Former prime minister Gordon Brown believes under-threat North Sea oil fields could be part-owned by the UK government.

    Gordon Brown

    The Labour politician will back the idea of public-private ownership deals when he delivers a lecture in Glasgow.

    He said they could be the solution for those fields that were under threat of being mothballed.

    However, the SNP's Stewart Hosie accused Mr Brown of failing to act during his time as Chancellor.

     
  9.  
    10:36: Moray class sizes 'could increase'

    Class sizes could increase in Moray in an effort to tackle a teacher shortage and concerns surrounding school capacities.

    Moray Council

    Councillors will this week be asked to change the limit for P2 and P3 classes to 30 from the current 25 pupils.

    Moray Council recently warned that more children could have to be sent home from schools across the region unless it addressed a teacher recruitment crisis.

    Earlier this year there were 70 vacancies across Moray.

     
  10.  
    10:32: Roll over Beethoven...

    Dogs in rescue centres can be calmed by having music piped into their kennels - but will eventually get bored with the same tunes.

    That's what researchers at the University of Glasgow discovered when they played classical music to animals at a Scottish SPCA centre.

    Dog

    After a week the calming effect was lost. Despite the findings, the initial benefits have prompted the charity to look at installing speakers in its homes in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    Any decent suggestions for dog songs? The Scotland Live recording studio has thrown up: Florence & The Machine's Dog Days Are Over, Baha Men's Who Let The Dogs Out, Live Furever by Oasis or The Clash's I Fought The Paw...

    We know you can do better!

     
  11.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews Best pun shop names - Get involved

    Shaun Gentleman: 'Pulp Fiction' second hand book store in Edinburgh.

     
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    Text using 80295 Dog music - Your views

    Craig, Dundee: My dogs listened to classical music in their run. They loved it. Even calmed down the mental collie... That was until the radio station had a special Rachmaninov day!!! They were a touch excitable that day!

     
  13.  
    10:11: Appeal over Glasgow bus sex attacks

    Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in relation to a series of sex attacks on Glasgow buses.

    Three women were sexually assaulted on different buses in the city centre between 19 and 27 November last year.

    Man police want to trace

    Officers have appealed for anyone who recognises the man, or who may have witnessed the attacks, to contact them.

    The man was said to be about 5ft 9in tall and of medium build with short brown hair and a receding hair line.

    • The first incident took place on 19 November on a number 57 bus at Jamaica Street at 14:45
    • The second attack happened on 24 November on a number 6 bus at Argyle Street, in the city centre, at 15:15
    • The final incident took place on 27 November on a number 61 bus at Maryhill Road at about 08:50.
     
  14.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Best pun shop names - Get involved

    Rachael Lochtie sent us this picture of her favourite puntastic business in Glasgow's Argyle Street...

    Lettuce eat
     
  15.  
    09:52: Castle's costs Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    The cost of opening Inverness Castle's North Tower and its look-out as a new tourist attraction has been estimated at £360,000.

    Built in stages in the 1800s on the site of previous historic castles, the sprawling site was first used as a county hall and later a jail.

    Inverness Castle's North Tower

    In more recent times it has served as Inverness Sheriff Court.

    Highland Council owns the North Tower and is leading a project to make it available to tourists.

    High Life Highland, an organisation running leisure sites in the region, has estimated that the tower could attract almost 30,000 visitors every year.

    The look-out gives views across the city, the Beauly Firth, Moray Firth and surrounding hills and mountains.

    Highland Council has earmarked £200,000 for the project and hopes £100,000 will be made available from the Inverness Common Good Fund and £60,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

    The rest of the castle would continue to be run as a sheriff court.

     
  16.  
    09:43: Brown: government should finance oil revamp

    Gordon Brown is to set out a plan to assist the North Sea oil and gas industry, following recent falls in price.

    In a speech in Glasgow today on the future of the Scottish economy, the former prime minister - who is standing down as a Fife MP later this month - will suggest the government should forge a partnership with the firms operating old oilfields and provide finance to ensure they don't shut down prematurely.

    Gordon Brown

    The government could go even further, Mr Brown will argue, taking over oil fields and paying for infrastructure to be kept in place until fields become financially viable again.

     
  17.  
    09:35: Forest seeds arrive at 'Doomsday Vault' Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News

    The Svalbard "doomsday" vault - widely known for protecting global food crop seeds - has accepted its first delivery of forest tree species seeds.

    Norway spruce and Scots pine samples have entered the vault inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago.

    Since opening its doors in 2008, the vault now stores 840,000 varieties of food crops

    The frozen depository opened in 2008 and is designed to withstand all natural and human disasters.

    Researchers hope the tree seed samples will help monitor long-term genetic changes in natural forests.

     
  18.  
    09:24: 'Best ever' festival

    This year's Glasgow Film Festival, which closed last night, has been praised by organisers as the best ever.

    There were 174 events at the festival this year, taking in 11 world premieres, 33 UK premieres and 65 Scottish premieres - including Julianne Moore's Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice.

    Julianne Moore

    Audience figures passing 40,000 for the second year running, with the inaugural Audience Award for best film by a first-time director won by Radiator, a low-budget British film created by Tom Browne.

     
  19.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Best pun shop names - Your views

    Marie Wilkson: I just wanted to send a picture of my favourite shop name pun. The shop is a dog groomers in Hawick, Scottish Borders. Genius!

    Shop in Hawick

    Keep them coming! Email us here, tweet @bbcscotlandnews or text 80295.

     
  20.  
    @bbcscotlandnews Best pun shop names - Get involved

    @AyrshireOutdoor: I remember an Ayrshire takeaway called Abrakebabra.

     
  21.  
    08:57: Rise in scams

    There has been a "shocking" rise in the number of Scots hit by scams including fake phone calls, online offers and doorstep callers, says Citizens Advice Scotland.

    inbox

    Between April and December 2013 there were 4,800 reports of scams to CAS - up 11% on the previous year.

    A CAS report found one man was conned out of £4,000 in an online dating sting, while others lost significant sums of money from fake passport and driving licence renewal websites.

    Some contacted the charity for advice on how to stop scam mail being delivered to relations with dementia who have lost hundreds of pounds.

     
  22.  
    @BBCchrismclaug 'Santa on the roof' Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Craig Houston, of Rangers fans' group Sons of Struth, said it was like Christmas Eve when James Easdale quit. Rangers fans now hear Santa on the roof but will he bring them what they want?

     
  23.  
    08:50: Gordon Brown: nationalise the oil fields Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Gordon Brown is starting his final month as an MP with a thundering speech on the economy. It's the only type of speech he's ever done...

    Gordon Brown

    Read my blog here.

     
  24.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews Best pun shop names - Get involved

    Andy Fitz:

    Shop sign

    Need to check the fine print of the Chewin The Fat "conetract" on this one, Andy...

    Revel: How's about Re-inkcarnation for printer ink top ups in Edinburgh?

     
  25.  
    08:34: Fares to fall

    The new private operator of the East Coast Mail Line has promised to increase the frequency of Edinburgh-London trains and reduce ticket prices.

    David Horne, managing director of Virgin Trains East Coast, told Good Morning Scotland some fares on the line would be reduced by 10% from May, while in the future journey times between Edinburgh and London would drop below four hours.

     
  26.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews Best pun shop names - Get involved

    Naughty by Niger tweets: Coffee shop, Southside, 'Java Minute'

    Fay Young: Thistle Do Nicely, tartan stuff North Bridge, fortunately it didn't.

    Rob Wilkinson: Used to live opposite the "Supper Bowl" takeaway in Gilmerton, Edinburgh!!

    Here at Scotland Live Towers we remember a piercing and tanning emporium called Pierce Bronzenan. Not sure whether 007 was shaken, not stirred by that one...

     
  27.  
    08:22: Historic mansion's uncertain future

    A review is being sought for a rejected residential development on the site of a historic mansion near Dumfries.

    Proposals have been lodged to convert Carnsalloch House and build a number of new homes.

    Developers say the buildings have been targeted by vandals, fireraisers and drug users

    However, Dumfries and Galloway Council ruled that the project is not in keeping with the A-listed building.

    Developers said all technical issues had been resolved and that design concerns were a "subjective issue".

    The Palladian mansion house at Kirkton, built in the middle of the 18th Century with a number of extensions over the years, has fallen into disrepair.

     
  28.  
    08:15: Read all about it

    This morning's papers take in Rangers, Gordon and the "Beast of Butlins".

    front pages

    Read more here.

     
  29.  
    @BBCRadioScot Coming up... BBC Radio Scotland

    Wind, coal or nuclear: what's the best way to power Scotland's future?

    Morning Call

    Have your say on Morning Call with Cathy Macdonald from 08:50.

    We'll also be asking: is a two-pint glass a practical solution to big bar queues?

    Listen live to the programme here.

     
  30.  
    08:03: You're the pun that I want...

    Earlier we asked you for your favourite shop names featuring puns.

    Gary Lazarowics likes this Airdrie pet grooming business - Captain Dugwash.

    Tweet us your faves @bbcscotlandnews or email them here.

     
  31.  
    07:59: Scotland's punniest shops...

    A hair salon in Falkirk has won a poll to find the shop name pun of the year.

    Shop

    Hair Dot Comb attracted the most votes from the 10 shop names on the shortlist compiled by the Local Data Company.

    Another Scottish shop on the list was Glasgrow, a hydroponics store in Glasgow's Merchant City.

    What is your favourite shop name? Send us a photograph and we'll stick the best in a photo gallery.

    Email your pictures to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk with the subject "shop names".

     
  32.  
    07:57: Rangers analysis Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    It's quite simply a case of jumping before he was pushed. David Somers has decided against the public humiliation of losing the shareholders' vote at Friday's extraordinary general meeting.

    A meeting called by major shareholder and former director Dave King, who wants a clear out at the top. Somers' resignation just leaves chief executive Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach.

    Ibrox Stadium

    They too face being booted off the board on Friday but could also quit beforehand. All on the day when Mike Ashley faces charges by the Scottish FA for his dual interest in Newcastle and Rangers. He owns 9% of Rangers but his influence in the boardroom appears to be coming to an end.

     
  33.  
    Text using 80295 Railways - Get involved

    Anon: All this talk of re-nationalisation of the railways sums up how pathetic our thinking is. How much for new rolling stock and engines? Michael Hogg is simply an outdated socialist.

    John, Glasgow: It's not rocket science, a nationalised railway is better for everyone. Private companies work for shareholders, not the public: simple economics.

     
  34.  
    07:50: 'Re-nationalise our railways'

    As the East Coast Mainline returns to a private franchise today for the first time since 2009, Michael Hogg, of the RMT union, told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland the UK's railways should be re-nationalised.

    "Where the two previous franchises failed, East Coast Trains has been an absolute success under public ownership," he said.

    "The quicker our railways are returned to public hands, the better."

     
  35.  
    Rangers - Your views

    What do you think about David Somers' resignation as Rangers chairman.

    Scotland Live

    Tweet using @bbcscotlandnews, email newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or text using 80295.

     
  36.  
    07:40: Union flag on public works

    Plaques featuring the union flag and the line "funded by the UK government" are to be displayed on publicly-funded projects.

    It is part of plans being announced by the Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander, who said the aim was to recognise UK taxpayers' contributions.

    Flag

    The SNP has branded the plan a "silly gimmick" that won't disguise cuts to public services.

    Projects funded by the European Union already display the EU flag.

     
  37.  
    07:37: Coming up... BBC Radio Scotland

    On Good Morning Scotland this morning:

    • "Tidal lagoon" power

    • 300 years of weather

    • East Coast main line

     
  38.  
    @BBCDouglasF Rangers latest Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Now ex-chairman of #Rangers, David Somers looks back: at least #rfc paid its bills + didn't go under on his watch.

     
  39.  
    07:24: East Coast back in private hands

    After six years of public ownership, East Coast Mainline rail services have been re-privatised.

    East coast

    Virgin, which already operates West Coast rail services, has taken over the East Coast franchise, in partnership with Stagecoach.

    The line links London with Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

    The companies are promising to improve the service for passengers, following two failed private franchise ventures.

     
  40.  
    07:19: Rangers 'avoided going under during my tenure' - Somers

    David Somers, who has resigned as Rangers chairman, says he tried to bring "harmony" to the club after enjoying "considerable success" in the City.

    "When I was approached about the chairmanship of Rangers, friends warned me that the world of football has different rules and codes of behaviour," he said.

    Former Rangers chairman David Somers

    "I now know that is a gross understatement. I am a non-confrontational man and have always tried to bring harmony to boardrooms and with stakeholders.

    "At the risk of antagonising my army of critics I would point out that Rangers managed to pay its bills and avoid going under during my tenure.

    "These critics might not agree with how we achieved this. I look forward to alternative solutions from whoever is running the club in the future.

    "Despite the personal attacks on me from various sources I genuinely wish the club the very best in the future and I am confident that, with such a passionate and vociferous fanbase, they will be restored to their former glories."

     
  41.  
    07:15: 'Families to lose out'

    Single parents with young children could lose more than £1,800 a year under the UK government's welfare reforms, according to research.

    Couples with young children will be only £400 better off than single parents, the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee said.

    Coins

    Research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University claimed families with children will lose an estimated £960m a year under the reforms.

    The Department of Work and Pensions said the report did not take into account increases in employment and the personal allowance and the introduction of the new Universal Credit.

     
  42.  
    07:10: Breaking News

    Rangers confirm David Somers has resigned as chairman with immediate effect. The move is confirmed in a statement to the Stock Exchange.

     
  43.  
    07:09: Capital growth

    Scotland's hotel sector will continue to grow over the next year with Edinburgh expected to be among the most popular cities in Europe, a report says.

    Along with London and Paris, Scotland's capital is one of only three cities in Europe forecast to have occupancy rates more than 80% in the next year.

    Edinburgh Castle

    A series of events elsewhere in the country over the next 12 months, including the World Gymnastics Championship, the Turner Prize and the Year of Food and Drink, will boost the sector in Glasgow and elsewhere, PwC's latest European hotel forecast says.

     
  44.  
    07:06: Murder inquiry into Hamilton death

    Detectives have launched a murder inquiry into the death of a man in South Lanarkshire.

    Stephen Coutts, 35, died following an incident in Mayfield Road, Hamilton, on Saturday evening.

    Stephen Coutts died and another man was taken to hospital

    Another man, also 35, was injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.

    Det Insp David Moran, of Police Scotland, appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

    "Officers are conducting inquiries in the surrounding area to establish what happened," he said.

     
  45.  
    @BBCScotWeather 'Risk of ice BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Morning, Gillian here. There's a risk of ice and frequent snow showers today, especially in western Scotland. Accumulations, mainly over high ground. Becoming windy. 4C.

     
  46.  
    07:02: Somers to leave Ibrox? Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Rangers chairman David Somers is to step down just days before his future in the position is due to be voted on by shareholders.

    Rangers chairman David Somers

    An extraordinary general meeting is being held at Ibrox on Friday, 6 March, at which the future of the current board will be decided.

    It is unclear if chief executive Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach will also go before Friday.

    An announcement is expected this morning regarding Somers' position.

     
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    07:00: Welcome Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live, bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country until 19:00.

    Stay in touch via Twitter @bbcscotlandnews, by email on newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or by text on 80295.

     

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