We want our ‘own BBC’! SNP begs Boris for control of public-owned broadcasting

Indyref2: SNP's Brexit criticism slammed by Tory MSP

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

It comes after a poll revealed almost two-thirds of Scots believe the legislative power of broadcasting should be devolved in Scotland. The poll, conducted by Panelbase, asked voters: “Which Parliament do you think should have law-making powers over Scottish broadcasting?”

In response, 65 percent said the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, with only 22 percent opting for the UK Parliament.

Any control of broadcasting would mean state-owned corporations could pass to the SNP-led Scottish Government north of the border.

John Nicolson MP, the SNP’s Culture and Media spokesperson at Westminster, said: “Legislative powers over broadcasting should be devolved to Holyrood.

“It’s something that the SNP has long called for – so it’s encouraging to see the vast majority of Scots agree with us.

“Scotland has a flourishing broadcasting sector. Its needs and responsibilities are understood best by those who live and work here.

“We all want Scottish broadcasting to go from strength to strength – having that expansion regulated by Holyrood rather than Westminster makes sense.

“I urge the Prime Minister to listen and to devolve these powers in line with Scottish public opinion.

“We were, after all, promised the most powerful devolved Parliament in the world.

READ MORE: Tories slap down Nicola Sturgeon’s independence referendum calls

“This would be the perfect opportunity to show that he’s matching words with action.”

It comes after BBC Director General Tim Davie had said one of the big questions currently facing the BBC is whether it represents Scotland.

Speaking at a House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in September, he added: “And critically our local services, do we represent Scotland, is our view being heard?

“These are the really big issues for the license fee payer and I’m not complacent.

SNP politician slates Nicola Sturgeon’s approach to independence [REVEAL] 
Embarrassment as ‘Plan B’ for Scottish independence shut down by SNP [INSIGHT] 
‘Our Falklands moment!’ Tories tell Boris to brace for battle [INSIGHT]

“I think we’ve got a lot of work to do by the way. You need to deal with these things.”

Michael Russell, former External Affairs Minister in the Scottish Government, said: “He would do well to elaborate on this – as the BBC is falling short, that much is obvious.

“It is increasingly clear that broadcasting powers need to be devolved if the broadcaster is to have a bright future north of the Border.”

Former Scottish First Minister and Alba Party leader Alex Salmond previously called for powers to be transferred for a broadcaster North of the border.

Speaking ahead of the 2015 General Election, he said: “The experience of the referendum has scarred the BBC.

“In reality, I don’t think the broadcasting issue in terms of how it treats Scotland will be properly resolved till we have broadcasting under the remit of our democratically elected parliament in Scotland.”

Source: Read Full Article