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BBC in Scotland football TV plea

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The BBC has asked the government to guarantee that future Scotland football internationals are broadcast on terrestrial television.

The BBC Trust has made a submission to the Department of Culture Media and Sport, (DCMS) regarding events it would like to be added to the "A-list".

The list included "the live nations home and away qualifiers for the World Cup and European Championships".

The SFA's Gordon Smith has said such a move would kill Scottish football.

The BBC Trust said ring-fencing the matches to make them available to a terrestrial audience "strikes a balance between public sentiment and market impact."

But SFA chief executive Gordon Smith was reported by the Sunday Mail on 25 July to have written to his counterparts at the FA in London on the issue.

Mr Smith said Scottish football could not afford to accept the lower fees which are offered by terrestrial broadcasters.

The paper said his letter stated: "Scottish football cannot afford to lose this amount of money and be expected to continue to exist."

The BBC Audience Council for Scotland said in its annual report 2009 that one of its priorities for 2009/2010 was "to recommend to the DCMS that Scottish national football be listed for free-to-air transmission".

The government is reviewing the listing system for the first time since 1998.

The BBC's additions to the list include home nation football qualifiers for World Cups and European Championships in the respective nations.

Wales Six Nations and autumn rugby internationals are also on the proposed list of protected events.

The government announced an independent review into the events on the free-to-air list last year, with former Football Association chief executive David Davies appointed as the review's chairman.

The review panel's findings are expected to be announced in the autumn.

The BBC's proposed list for protected free-to-air sporting events (* denotes additions):

A1: UK conversation events (Live)

IOC Winter and Summer Olympic Games
Fifa World Cup
Uefa European football championships

A2 List: Resonance in the Nations (Live in relevant nation)

FA Cup Final
The Scottish Cup (Scotland)
Football international qualifiers home and away (respective home nations)*
Commonwealth Games*
Welsh rugby union Six nations and autumn internationals (Wales)*

A3 List: Pinnacle sports events (Live)

Wimbledon championships men and women's final
Rugby union World Cup final
Rugby league Challenge Cup final
ICC cricket World Cup final*
Twenty20 World Cup final*
Grand National

B List: Events of UK importance (Highlights)

Wimbledon championships
Rugby union World Cup
ICC cricket World Cup (extended to all games*)
Twenty20 World Cup*
Six Nations rugby tournament (extended to all games*)
Open golf Championship
The Ryder Cup
England cricket home Test matches
British and Irish Lions tour*
Women's football World Cup/Euros/ICC Cricket World Cup finals involving Home Nations' teams*

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