Labour’s Ian Murray says

Ian Murray will discuss Channel 4’s “unique contribution” to Scotland’s creative industry during a keynote at the International Television Festival in Edinburgh on Friday.

The Labor MP will call for the channel to remain in the hands of the public amid controversial privatization proposals from the UK Government.

Since 2004, the broadcaster has spent more than £220 million on productions in Scotland, with an expected increase of £20 million in average annual spending in recent years.

It has also backed production companies such as Glasgow-based Black Camel Pictures, which produced the Bafta-winning film Sunshine on Leith, and the Scottish company behind the popular real estate show Location, Location, Location.

Channel 4 is very important to the production and broadcasting ecosystemIan Murray, Labor MP

Speaking ahead of his appearance at the television festival, Mr Murray said: “Channel 4 has a unique contribution to broadcasting in the UK and makes a significant contribution to the creative economy in Scotland.

“Hundreds of millions of pounds have been invested in the creative sector in Scotland, including many small and medium sized manufacturing companies.

“There are many Scottish success stories from Channel 4, including Place, Location, Location and Sunshine on Leith, powered by Movie 4.”

The Edinburgh South MP added: “Channel 4 is vital to the broadcast and production ecosystem but all that success is being threatened by privatization.

“The broadcasters’ offices in Glasgow and others across UK regions and countries, have helped people break into this (industry) and make it accessible to everyone. in all components.

“The industry in Scotland and across the UK is largely opposed to the Government’s plan to sell off the broadcaster.

“The next Prime Minister should listen to the thriving TV industry in the UK, the envy of the world and abandon the unnecessary, seriously damaging and unwanted privatization of Channel 4.”

In private ownership, it will remain a public service broadcaster and hold the obligation to produce content outside of London and the UK, which will benefit Scottish audiencesSpokesperson for DCMS

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “The Broadcasting White Paper outlines how moving Channel 4 out of public ownership will help it access investment. bigger to develop and create more unique shows for audiences across the UK.

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“Channel 4 has great relationships with independent producers, including in Scotland, and there’s no reason this should change. In private ownership, it will remain a public service broadcaster and hold the obligation to produce content outside of London and England, which will benefit Scottish audiences. “ Labour’s Ian Murray says

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