Scotland's referendum: What are the issues around broadcasting?

The question of what will happen to broadcasting in the event of Scottish independence is a topic being debated in the referendum.

The pro-independence campaign says a publicly-funded Scottish Broadcasting Service would be created to provide TV, radio and online services. The pro-Union camp believes without the current British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) programmes would be lost and costs would increase.

Here, we bring together the main stories, explainers and official documents covering the issue.

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What's the current set-up?
BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay building

The BBC operates throughout the whole UK and the Westminster government oversees rules relating to broadcasting. The current licence fee stands at £145.50 annually and BBC Scotland has a budget of about £200m per year.

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What powers does Scotland have?

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What could change post-Yes?

The Scottish government's White Paper on independence says a publicly-funded Scottish Broadcasting Service, providing TV, radio and online services, would be established and work with the BBC in a joint venture. It suggests the licence fee would be the same as in the rest of the UK, and all current licence fee payment exemptions and concessions would be retained. The paper adds that existing licences for broadcasters in Scotland will be fully honoured.

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White Paper: Culture, communities and digital

Scotland 'would have licence fee TV'

Salmond outlines broadcast vision

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What do the pro-Union parties have to say?

The pro-Union Better Together campaign believes independence would lead to the loss of popular BBC programmes or result in households paying more for big sporting events and dramas. It reckons viewers in Scotland currently get a distinctive broadcasting service and world-class programmes from the BBC.

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Warning over 'free' BBC services

Government bodies 'to need copying'

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Who is saying what, including you?

Politicians, academics and industry experts have had much to say about the current broadcasting set-up and what might happen to it in the event of a "Yes" vote.

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Comedian Sanjeev Kohli asks: What will happen to the telly?

BSkyB: Referendum 'for the people'

STV quits CBI over referendum stance

Experts examine referendum claims

Unresolved questions on Scottish independence

Broadcasting body delivers report

Warning over 'free' BBC services

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Big reading - reports in full

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