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In quotes: Broadcasting Commission
The government-established commission investigating the state of broadcasting in Scotland has issued its first, interim report, including details of evidence it took from key industry figures.

Here is a selection of quotes from the transcripts which the commission published.

MICHAEL GRADE, ITV EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

The brutal truth is that the ideas aren't here, we are not so rich in new ideas and new hits and innovation and exciting ideas that we can afford to have any policy that excludes anybody from delivering what we desperately need

ROB WOODWARD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SMG

Our lack of independent status we see as a big hurdle for us in expanding, not just expanding our network production business, but maintaining our current position

STUART COSGROVE, DIRECTOR, NATIONS AND REGIONS, CHANNEL 4

There are uncertainties in the political change process here in Scotland. Who owns the economic development function has been one of the big debates

ANDY DUNCAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CHANNEL 4

Even if we said we'd love to have a returning drama series in Scotland, there's just not the company there to do that

MARK THOMPSON, DIRECTOR GENERAL, BBC

We don't yet have a peak time long-running drama from Scotland. I have to say, I think that's something we would like to have

MIKE BOLLAND, DIRECTOR, FINESTRIPE PRODUCTIONS

I don't think we're in a very good place at the moment. I think that we're seeing some of the big indies that moved up either scaling down or pulling out

DAVID STRACHAN, JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR, TERN TV

There has been a significant drop in network production from the independents in Scotland and most of that relates to the BBC. The industry is not very healthy at the moment

JOHN McVAY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PACT PRODUCTION TRADE ASSOCIATON

I think the Scottish industry has taken the brunt of what was effectively a perfect storm

ROBERT-SPROUL CRAN, DIRECTOR, TARTAN TV

Commissioning editors will only commission from their friends. Now that is not wrong and it is not surprising if you really analyse what that means

ED RICHARDS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, OFCOM

We would regard the current position as disappointing


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