A Pact-backed think tank representing the Scottish media industry is calling on public service broadcasters to commission almost 10% of their output from producers in Scotland over the next five years.
A Pact-backed think tank representing the Scottish media industry is calling on public service broadcasters to commission almost 10% of their output from producers in Scotland over the next five years.

The recommendation is one of a series of proposals made by Scotland's Screen Industries Summit Group (SISG) and backed by MSPs Jim Wallace and Frank McAveety last week.

The group, which includes BBC Scotland, Channel 4, PACT, SMG Television and IWC Media chairman Alan Clements, recommend that Scotland's share of terrestrial network production be increased from 3 to 9% by 2009, to reflect the fact that Scotland represents 9% of the UK population.

The group also urge PSB broadcasters to re-locate children's production to Scotland. This would involve the re-location of CBBC, CITV and the children's distribution department of BBC Worldwide north of the border.

Clements explained: 'These cost-effective recommendations will boost the Scottish economy and position Scotland as the commissioning and production base for children's television.

'There is already an infrastructure in place to make high-quality programmes so there is no reason why Scotland could not sustain a heavier production workload.'

In its proposal the SISG states that C4 and Five should be encouraged to produce more programmes in Scotland over the next five years. The group would also support the re-location of a key C4 genre to Scotland such as specialist factual programming.

The SISG's proposals are a response to McAveety's challenge to come up with effective measures that will increase production in Scotland.