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Tuesday, January 19, 1999 Published at 16:54 GMT

UK Politics

BBC wins Scottish Parliament contract

The BBC will cover all the major business of the new parliament

The BBC has won the contract to televise the new Scottish Parliament.

BBC Resources Scotland beat more than 30 other bidders to televise and record the proceedings from the Parliament's temporary home at the Mound in Edinburgh.

The Parliament, the first in Scotland since 1707, will begin sitting after elections in May.

Proceedings in the chamber will be covered as well as events in the main committee room.

[ image: The Parliament will begin life in the Mound, Edinburgh]
The Parliament will begin life in the Mound, Edinburgh
The pictures will be provided to TV companies for broadcasting as well as being available internally to Members of the Scottish Parliament and staff in the parliamentary buildings.

Open Parliament

Devolution Minister Henry McLeish, said: "I am pleased that this important contract has now been awarded.

"It is further evidence of our commitment to provide an open and accessible Parliament.

"It will of course be for the broadcasters to decide how much of the Parliament's proceedings are actually seen on the nation's TV screens, but I very much hope that they will give the Parliament the coverage it deserves."

Officials said the BBC bid was the best value for money in terms of quality and price.

The rules for televising the Parliament are still under consideration by an expert panel on media issues. The recordings themselves will be stored in a permanent archive.

BBC Resources Scotland is managed separately from BBC Scotland and is part of BBC Resources Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC.

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