News and drama to become lynchpin of Scottish broadcasting

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The chairman of the commission set up to save Scottish broadcasting claims successful prime time dramas are key to its survival.

Blair Jenkins has said shows such as Life on Mars and Dr Who are vital to win network commissions.

He commented: ‘BBC Wales has done really, really well with Dr Who. That kind of successful returning drama is exactly what we would all welcome in Scotland.

‘It helps on the financial front and on the talent front and it helps build a reputation of the sector.

‘If you look at the north-west of England, there is now a halo effect from dramas like Life on Mars.’

Mr Jenkins, the former head of BBC Scotland’s news and current affairs, said there also needs to be a marked improvement in news coverage.

He outlined plans to speak to major terrestrial TV stations about their failures.

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