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MPs to set up broadcast committee

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An all party Westminster group will look at the way forward

MPs are seeking more influence in the debate over broadcasting in Scotland.

Former Scotland Office minister David Cairns is to set up an all-party group at Westminster to look at the issue.

Scotland has its own parliament but broadcasting is still reserved to Westminster, although some MPs feel the initiative has been lost to Holyrood.

The Scottish Government recently sponsored a commission chaired by Blair Jenkins to look at the future of Scottish broadcasting.

In its report published last month, the Scottish Broadcasting Commission made a string of recommendations, including a publicly-funded Scottish network digital channel.

Those MPs who feel Westminster has lost the initiative on the broadcasting issue believe setting up the cross-party committee would help redress the balance.

Mr Cairns wants the committee to take evidence from Mr Jenkins, along with senior management from BBC Scotland, STV and the independent sector.

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