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scotreferendum.com

Yo u r gu i d e
to a n

i n d ep en d en t
s c o t l a n d

Scotland’s Future is in your hands.

scotland’s future is a comprehensive
guide to an independent scotland and
what it means for you.

scotland’s future answers your questions
about independence and sets out the
facts and figures on:

• How Scotland can afford to become
independent.

• Scotland’s economic strengths and how
we can make the most of our potential.

• How independence will help ensure that
everyone in scotland gets a fair deal.

• The ways in which independence will
strengthen scotland’s democracy.

• An independent Scotland’s place
in the world.

• Other issues important to you

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ISBN: 978-1-78412-068-9

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First published by the Scottish Government, November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-78412-068-9
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Culture and broadcasting
The choices open to us

In an independent Scotland we will build on our cultural
ambitions for Scotland352. Our approach has been, and will
continue to be, distinct from that of Westminster in that we
recognise the intrinsic value of culture and heritage in and of
themselves. Our ambition is to build an independent nation
where they can continue to flourish.

With independence Scotland will have new powers over the
economy to encourage our culture and creative sectors. For
example, with new powers over taxation, we can explore a VAT
reduction on repairs and maintenance work.

An independent Scotland will enjoy increased opportunities
to build our international reputation for culture, heritage and
creativity. The development of a Scottish overseas diplomatic
and trade network will provide Scotland with the opportunity
to promote and share our culture and traditions with nations
across the world. The winter festivals either side of Christmas
– St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night – are already
internationally recognised, celebrated by the Scottish diaspora,
and provide ideal platforms to develop Scotland’s public
diplomacy abroad, whilst showcasing Scotland’s customs
and produce to new audiences.

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Chapter 9
Culture, Communications and DigitalPART 3

Independence will directly affect broadcasting, which is currently
reserved to Westminster. The BBC’s current charter runs to
31 December 2016, after the planned date for independence
in March 2016. Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences are being
renewed to 2025. The Channel 4 licence is also likely to be
renewed to 2025 in the near future. As part of the Channel 4
renewal process, the Scottish Government is pressing for
increased production from Scotland more in line with our
population share.

Scotland’s cultural life and heritage take many different
forms, as diverse as the land, peoples and places of our
country. Already they are being stimulated by the prospect of
independence. As a nation we have the unique opportunity
to build a society that nurtures and is nourished by songs,
poems, stories, drama, dance, paintings and sculpture, and
that welcomes people from all over the world to come, to
inspire and to be inspired, to innovate and to create.

Our priorities for action
This Government’s immediate priority for broadcasting on
independence will be to develop a broadcasting policy for
Scotland based on three principles:

■■ there should be an increase in production opportunities
for Scottish producers, and an increase in productions that
reflect life in Scotland and of Scots

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Our thanks goes to the following organisations for photography contributions:

Chris Close Photography
Edinburgh’s Festivals
Michael Boyd Photography
NHSScotland Photo Library
PA Images
Scottish Viewpoint
Simple Photography

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scotreferendum.com

Yo u r gu i d e
to a n

i n d ep en d en t
s c o t l a n d

Scotland’s Future is in your hands.

scotland’s future is a comprehensive
guide to an independent scotland and
what it means for you.

scotland’s future answers your questions
about independence and sets out the
facts and figures on:

• How Scotland can afford to become
independent.

• Scotland’s economic strengths and how
we can make the most of our potential.

• How independence will help ensure that
everyone in scotland gets a fair deal.

• The ways in which independence will
strengthen scotland’s democracy.

• An independent Scotland’s place
in the world.

• Other issues important to you

scotreferendum.com

© Crown copyright 2013

ISBN: 978-1-78412-068-9

APS Group Scotland
DPPAS20160 (11/13)

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