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Devolve legislative powers over broadcasting to the Scottish Parliament

Submitted by James Kelly on Friday 4th June 2021

Published on Thursday 10th June 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Friday 10th December 2021

Current Signatures: 21
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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BBC ~ BBC Scotland ~ Comedy ~ devolution ~ Enable ~ Eurovision ~ Eurovision Song Contest ~ ITV ~ list ~ News ~ Parliament ~ Power ~ Scotland ~ Scottish Parliament ~ Sport ~ Teams ~ TV ~ westminster

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Devolve legislative powers over broadcasting to the Scottish Parliament

Petition Details

Scotland's devolution settlement should be strengthened by removing broadcasting from the long list of policy areas that are reserved to Westminster. The elected Scottish Parliament should be given the power to restructure the TV and radio landscape in line with the wishes of the people of Scotland.

Additional Information

Westminster's retention of essentially all powers over Scottish broadcasting is inconsistent with the claim that the Scottish Parliament is "the most powerful devolved parliament in the world". The long-overdue transfer of these powers to the Scottish Parliament would enable BBC Scotland and the Scottish ITV franchises to be reformed to meet the needs of Scottish audiences in terms of drama, news, comedy, a Scottish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, and coverage of Scottish sporting teams.

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