tightening up telly’s support for film

Interesting, if ironic, that the Digital Economy Bill adds a specific obligation on Channel 4 to participate in (i.e. invest in) high quality films that “reflect cultural activity in the United Kingdom” (something it has always done, and very well) when no such obligation applies to any other PSB.  Unlike many other European countries, and despite the good work of BBC Films and C4,  our broadcasting system is woefully inadequate when it comes to investment in the film industry whose products its happy to show after the fact.  German TV, for instance, invests around ten time as much in film production as the UK while France requires its broadcasters to invest around 3% of their revenue in film.

Now if Holyrood assumed responsibility for Broadcasting in Scotland would it ensure that Pacific Quay paid its dues towards the film talent and infrastructure that also supports the TV drama everyone is keen to see more of coming out of Scotland?  One would like to think so…

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