Make it in Scotland
Equity is calling on the entertainment industry and governments to invest in programmes made in Scotland.
“One of the issues our members have is often a programme is labelled ‘BBC Northern Ireland’, ‘BBC Scotland’ or ‘BBC Wales’ but in reality there are few – if any – opportunities for performers in the nations to appear in them,” said Stephen Spence, Equity’s assistant general secretary. “Our members feel if it’s labelled BBC Scotland, it should be made in Scotland and have Scottish performers, not exclusively, but they should have an opportunity to be in it.”
Members are frustrated at not getting local opportunities, particularly because they believe there is a wealth of talent outside of London. “There’s a perception among the media elite that you can’t be any good unless you go to London, but why shouldn’t Scottish performers and crew be able to make a living in their own country?,” said actor Michael Mackenzie.
According to Ofcom, 61.8% of spending by public service broadcasting channels in 2010 went to productions made within the M25. Productions in Scotland received 4.6% of spending, Wales 2.6% and Northern Ireland 0.4%.
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