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Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan

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WHITEFORD WELCOMES REVIEW OF FREE-TO-AIR SPORTING EVENTS

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

SCOTTISH SPORTS FANS MUST MAKE THEIR OPINION KNOWN

The SNP’s Westminster candidate for Banff & Buchan Eilidh Whiteford has welcomed the announcement of a review of the list of events which are protected for free broadcast coverage.

The Broadcasting Act 1996 allows the Secretary of State to draw up a list of sporting and other events of national importance reserved for broadcast by public service broadcasters with the aim of giving them the widest possible broadcast coverage. The list was last revised in 1998 and is now under review by a panel of sport, broadcast and business experts. The panel have also invited the general public to submit their views.

Commenting, Eilidh Whiteford said:

“Calling for the revision of this list has been a long running SNP campaign so this consultation is warmly welcomed.

“This review must listen to the voices of Scotland fans who want to watch our national team qualifying matches with their friends or family in the comfort of their own homes.

“I encourage all sports fans in Banff & Buchan to make their opinions known to the panel.”

Notes:

The consultation document is available here:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/freetoair/Consultation/introduction.html

Submissions should be sent by 3 July 2009 (at the latest) to:

David Patterson
5th Floor
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street
LONDON
SW1Y 5DH

or to the Review’s e-mail address – freetoairevents@culture.gov.uk

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