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by Tom Freeman
04 August 2015
BBC 'must represent nations and regions better'

BBC 'must represent nations and regions better'

Culture ministers from the devolved nations in the UK have said broadcasting should be representative of communities, regions and nations across the UK.

Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, Northern Ireland Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín, and Welsh Deputy Minister for Culture Ken Skates issued a joint statement following a meeting in Glasgow today on public service broadcasting.

The three committed to work together to hold the BBC and the UK Government to account over reforms to the corporation.

The ministers said they intended to use powers promised by the UK Government in developing the new BBC charter.

“We believe that, in policy and in practice, the BBC must take a more representative approach to commissioning and production from and for the nations and regions,” they said.

Hyslop said the corporation was currently failing to meet expectations in Scotland.

“What is clear from today’s meeting is that the devolved administrations have many shared interests and ambitions when it comes to charter renewal – particularly around ensuring we are properly considered and consulted, and that our communities are better represented,” she said.

Skates said cuts had put the future of Welsh broadcasting in “serious jeopardy” which would put the Welsh language and economy at risk.

Carál Nί Chuilίn said: “In moving forward there needs to be greater emphasis placed on home grown productions and the harnessing of local talent.

“The opportunities for local companies and individuals must be maximised and there must be increased commissioning of original programming showcasing our local communities and what they have to offer.“ 

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