Wales loses out in BBC’s new funding deal
27 February 2017
Equity believes Wales is being short changed in the recently announced BBC deal giving extra funds to Scotland and Wales.
BBC Scotland is getting a new channel with a £30m budget, £1.2m for a Gaelic-TV service and £20m to help meet targets for production of network programmes in Scotland.
The Welsh deal is an extra £8.5m a year in English-language television programmes for Wales, which the BBC said was a 50% increase and would fund new drama, comedy and entertainment programmes.
While the union welcomes the increase in funding in both countries, it would like to see a focus on providing local talent with the opportunity to be a part of these new programmes. Equity also believes there should be a further investment in Wales considering the amount of funding Scotland has received.