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Monday, 4 February, 2002, 06:31 GMT
MSPs have say over broadcasting
BBC Scotland continuity frame
BBC management have addressed the committee
MPs investigating broadcasting in Scotland are visiting Glasgow to hear evidence from academics and members of the Scottish Parliament.

The Westminster-based Scottish affairs committee will receive submissions from media academics from Glasgow Caledonian University on Monday.

Its members will also hear the views of members of Holyrood's education and culture committee.

Pacific Quay
BBC Scotland is moving to Pacific Quay
The MPs have already taken evidence from senior management of the BBC and the commercial broadcasting sector.

Last month the committee heard that the possibility of the BBC broadcasting a Scottish Six O'clock television news would be considered next year.

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 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.

Major transformation

MPs also heard that 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.

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.

Broadcasting is a "reserved" area which is not devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

See also:

23 Jan 02 | Scotland
'Scottish Six' back on the agenda
30 May 01 | Scotland
BBC Scotland unveils digital HQ
03 Oct 00 | Scotland
News switch confirmed
20 Jan 99 | UK Politics
BBC 'not pressured' over Scottish Six
13 Dec 98 | UK
BBC rejects Scottish Six
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