In 2016 the BBC raised £320 million in Scotland but spent only 54.65% of this on Scottish programming. In sharp contrast, they spent 95% of the £177 million they raised in Wales on Welsh programming and in Northern Ireland they spent 74% of the £99 million they raised there, on programming there.
I haven’t seen the details nor a precise statement of what ‘spending on’ means so there may well be get-out clauses for them to still refrain from spending much more on programming in Scotland. They can say, for example, that they’ve spent the money on ‘distribution.’
There’s a wee anomaly in the N Ireland figures. Scotland’s £5.3 million people paid £320 million in licence fees or roughly £60 per head of population. Yet N Ireland’s 1.8 million only paid £99 million or £55 per head of population. That’s £9 million less that you would expect and equates, at £145 per licence, to 62 000 people or, say, 30 000 households. Are there no go areas there for the detector vans too?