Anne McTaggart MSP – “Collaborative Working in Creative Industries Vital”

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has called on agencies in Scotland’s creative industries to work collaboratively to get the best results for Scotland’s people.

Ms McTaggart, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Europe and International Development, made her calls during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on the Economic Impact of the Film, TV and Video Games Industries in Scotland on Thursday 3rd September.

During the debate, Ms McTaggart argued that the establishment of a film and TV studio in Scotland is a priority for growing the sector, and that her own region Glasgow would be best placed to accommodate it.

She also made the case for greater spend in Scotland by public service broadcasters, stating that this represented a huge opportunity to increase skills and expertise in Scotland’s independent TV industry.

However, she did express concern that there is an apparent lack of ability among the creative agencies to work collaboratively.

Speaking in the debate Ms McTaggart said “There is no doubt that the creative industries bring valuable economic benefits to individuals, communities and the country as a whole. Scotland’s cultural and creative activities are as relevant to our international reputation, economic prosperity and trade and investment agenda as direct business support and the promotion of exports.

“It is important to note that, following the Smith commission, we will have a consultative role for the first time in the charter renewal process for the BBC, and it is vital that we work constructively across the parties to get the best deal for viewers in Scotland. The Scottish Labour Party is committed to calling for increased investment for BBC Scotland from within the licence fee settlement and for the retention of the quota system for commissioning from nations and regions.

“It is vital that all the agencies in the creative industries work collaboratively to achieve greater results and get the best results for Scotland’s people. Scottish Labour is open to working with the Scottish Government on providing better support to meet the needs of individuals and companies in the creative sector.”

You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.

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