Scotland

BBC signs deal with Screen Scotland

Tony Hall
Image caption The BBC's Director General announced the deal at the launch of the BBC Scotland TV channel

The BBC will back the creation of more dramas, comedies and factual content in Scotland as part of a new deal.

It has signed an agreement with Screen Scotland to create more programmes for UK and international audiences.

The move means the BBC will commit to delivering three dramas, three comedies and three "high-impact" factual series from Scotland every year.

Director General Tony Hall announced the deal at the official launch of the BBC Scotland TV channel.

It commits the corporation to working with Screen Scotland, which is part of Creative Scotland.

Creative Scotland acting chief executive Iain Munro described the deal as "incredibly important".

Comedy titles

Speaking in Glasgow, Lord Hall said: "As part of the BBC's commitment to this new partnership, we have agreed to deliver, to network, each year, a minimum of three drama series from Scotland, three comedy titles and three high-impact factual series.

"This is the first stage in a long-term collaboration involving the BBC, Screen Scotland and potentially other relevant parties with the aim of backing ambitious projects reflecting Scottish culture which can be enjoyed by audiences in Scotland, across the UK and internationally."

The BBC has committed to invest at least 8% of network television spend in Scotland.

Mr Munro added: "This is an incredibly important moment for screen in Scotland.

"We have a strong history of partnering on projects with BBC Scotland and this agreement sets out clearly how we will build on this.

"It makes clear our common goals and where we can jointly support the screen sector in Scotland to thrive; producing more high quality content, developing emerging talent and celebrating our exciting culture."

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