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Wednesday, 23 January, 2002, 16:39 GMT
'Scottish Six' back on the agenda
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The possibility of the BBC broadcasting a Scottish Six O' clock television news, which would be entirely produced in Scotland, will be considered next year.

The wrangle was raised while members of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster heard evidence from senior BBC Scotland executives.

Sir Robert Smith, the BBC's national governor, said the Broadcasting Council for Scotland wanted editorial control for such a programme to be held in Scotland.

The call for a "Scottish Six" increased after the BBC decided in December 1998 to that Scotland should continue to receive the Six O'Clock news from London, followed by a half-hour programme from Glasgow.

Sir Robert told MPs on the committee that the issue would be revisited after the next Scottish Parliament elections in May 2003.

Pacific Quay
Part of the new building at Pacific Quay
He said the broadcasting council "would not lack courage" in arguing for the programme if, after reconsidering the situation, it was judged to be the best option.

The committee also questioned BBC Scotland controller John McCormick; head of news and current affairs Blair Jenkins and head of network television news Roger Mosey.

BBC Scotland's planned move to a 30m custom-built centre at Pacific Quay on the River Clyde in Glasgow, is now set for 2005, MPs heard.

The 60-acre site is currently undergoing a major transformation to include the Glasgow Science Centre, Imax Cinema, the Millennium Tower and Pacific Quay Developments' business park.

Mr McCormick said among other enhancements to the BBC's output in Scotland, 50 people were now employed working on online content.

Broadcasting is a "reserved" area, meaning it falls within the remit of Westminster and is not devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

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