Holyrood Committee raises concerns for Scottish TV industry over potential BBC Scotland studio takeover

A Holyrood committee has voiced its concern over the possible transfer of control of a BBC Scotland studio to another part of the broadcaster.

Control over studios A and B at the BBC’s Pacific Quay base in Glasgow could be transferred to BBC Studioworks (Photo: Google Maps).
Control over studios A and B at the BBC’s Pacific Quay base in Glasgow could be transferred to BBC Studioworks (Photo: Google Maps).

Recent media reports have suggested studios A and B at the BBC’s Pacific Quay base in Glasgow could be transferred to BBC Studioworks - a subsidiary of the broadcaster.

As a result concerns have been raised over job prospects in the TV sector.

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The Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee at Holyrood has written to Steve Carson, the director of BBC Scotland calling on him to appear after the summer recess.

In a letter also copied to BBC director-general Tim Davie, convener of the committee, Clare Adamson, said: "The committee is concerned about the possible transfer of the two studios at BBC Scotland Pacific Quay to the control of BBC Studioworks within the context of the issues raised in the legacy paper on the screen sector in Scotland. In particular, the role of the BBC in occupying 'a central role in supporting the Scottish screen industry'.

"Any loss of jobs, training and skills in the sector would also be of concern to the committee."

Ms Adamson went on to push for a decision to be delayed until the committee can hear evidence.

"The committee asks for a response, and for the opportunity to take evidence on this issue after our summer recess, prior to any decision being taken in relation to this matter," she said.

However, the BBC has said that no decision has been taken yet around the management of their studio facilities in Glasgow.

They also added that a new plan will ensure they are strengthening their presence and support of the creative economy in Scotland.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We’re currently exploring a number of options around the management of the BBC’s studio facilities in Glasgow and have been consulting with our staff as part of this - but no decisions have been taken. We will respond to the committee in due course.

"The BBC has recently announced plans to move more power and decision-making across the UK in order to reflect, represent, and serve all parts of the country.

"The plan will create jobs and investment in all four nations as well as strengthening our presence and support for the creative economy in Scotland.’

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