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Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP)

That will never happen.

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

I congratulate you on the success of your new channel. I hope that it continues to go from strength to strength and flourishes even more as the years progress. The 80 new jobs in the newsroo...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

When we met at the SNP conference, I asked whether you are watching “Politics Scotland”, and you said that you missed the first few minutes—as I did last Sunday and have done on a number of ...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

I appreciate the network spend. No one here would suggest for a minute that we should not make that solid contribution. However, it seems a bit of a misnomer to put that figure under expendi...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

That is interesting, because the comparable figures for England are £3 billion in income and £2,136 million in expenditure. If what you are saying is correct for both England and Scotland, £...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

You are saying that £1,019 million of the BBC’s £3,677 million of income is spent outside the UK.

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

Okay. Thanks.

A big political issue in recent months—certainly over th...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

Yes, but you are still talking about potentially 12 per cent of the BBC’s income in Scotland going towards that. You can sell assets only once; you can reduce your headcount only once; and y...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

That was a fascinating answer, but I am still not sure what the impact will be on your headcount and your programming content going forward. Will there be fewer dramas, and will there be few...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 07 November 2019 [Draft] : 07 November 2019 View PDF version
Kenneth Gibson

I will ask a final question if I may, convener. If the UK Government had continued to pay these licence fees and you still had the £38 million, what would you be doing that you are not going...

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