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BBC staff demand talks on plans for ‘Scottish Six’

BBC ScotlandStaff at BBC Scotland are demanding clarification on a plan for a new Six O’Clock news programme amid concerns over the way it is being handled.

A leaked BBC memo says that the current staff have “some strong talent, but not enough depth” and that the new editor would need high level experience of network television.

This is said to have angered staff who see it as questioning their ability to produce the hour-long programme.

However, a report today in one newspaper is said to exaggerate the extent of concern.

Sarah Smith, the current editor, would fit the bill, given her experience with Channel Four News. Others who have contributed to the network include Gordon Brewer, Brian Taylor and Sally Magnusson.

Pilots for a Scottish Six O’Clock news are expected to include presenters from London and Glasgow and are due to be shown to director general Tony Hall within three weeks.

Amid vague threats of a formal “dispute” one source said the move would create a substantial number of new jobs and ought to be supported by staff at BBC Scotland which has suffered cutbacks in recent months.

 

 

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