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Still Game and Shoebox Zoo help bring record income

Category: BBC; Scotland

Date: 13.07.2005
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BBC Scotland boosted its annual income by more than £9m this year, largely thanks to increasing the number of higher quality Network programmes such as Still Game, Shoebox Zoo, Monarch of the Glen and Balamory.


The corporation's annual Scottish review, published yesterday (Tuesday), reveals it generated record income of £169.6million from its programme output.


Increasing its income on the previous year by 5.7 per cent - amounting to an extra £9.2m - on slightly reduced hours of output reflected an ability to win higher quality programming.


The reduced hours were largely due to loss of SPL football rights on TV, although TV's loss was radio's gain with exclusive SPL commentary rights for Radio Scotland contributing to an overall increase in originated output by 534 hours.


Controller, Ken MacQuarrie, in his first year in the top job, described the last 12 months as a year of "real change".


New premises in Selkirk and real progress on new headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow's south side, said Mr MacQuarrie, offered a fitting conclusion to Sir Robert Smith's tenure as National Governor.


"He championed the needs of our audiences and helped to make Pacific Quay a reality.


"The input of the new National Governor, Jeremy Peat, and that of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, will be crucial in helping to ensure that BBC Scotland delivers against the changing needs of our audiences as we continue on a journey to a fully digital world," he concluded.


Mr Peat said he had no doubt BBC Scotland had performed extremely well over the last 12 months.


"Nevertheless," he said, "there is always more that can be achieved."


Objectives he outlined for the year ahead include finding better ways of engaging with audiences in political issues; developing localised on-demand services across Scotland; progressing towards a Gaelic digital channel; and increasing the range and number of Network programmes made from Scotland.


A copy of the full report is available online at




Category: BBC; Scotland

Date: 13.07.2005
Printable version


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