As a result of films and TV production shot in Scotland such as T2: Trainspotting, Outlander (Tall Ship), the Loch (ITV), The Etruscan Smile and In Plain Sight (ITV), overall spend rose by £16.7 million on 2015. This is of course good news but it further highlights the extent to which BBC plays little part in the growth.
The Daily Record wrote this in March:
‘BBC ordered to stop fleecing Scottish viewers by spending their licence fee cash down south’
‘In 2015/16, the BBC raised £320.1m from the licence fee in Scotland but only spent 54.6 per cent of this revenue on programming in Scotland. In Wales, total expenditure across all platforms was £177.7m in the 2015/16 year from £186.5m raised from the licence fee, equating to a 95 per cent of revenue raised spent in Wales. In Northern Ireland, the licence fee raised £99m in 2015/16 and the BBC spent £73.4m on network content, equating to 74 per cent of revenue raised.’
Meanwhile in the SNP Programme for Government, investment in the screen sector was doubled to £20 million. One more piece of evidence that TV licence funds need to be devolved? Along with staffing appointments in the BBC Scotland News Department?