There's a report on the mediaguardian website speculating that BBC Scotland could be among the services to bear the brunt of swingeing budget cuts. [You'll need to be registered to read it, but registration is free and well worth the effort.] The article suggests BBC websites, TV news programme editors and BBC Scotland are the areas most likely to suffer as a consequence of the corporation getting a smaller than expected licence fee settlement from the Government.
The BBC is facing a £2 billion funding gap and director general Mark Thompson is due on Wednesday to present his plan for overcoming that to the corporation's leadership, the BBC Trust. According to mediaguardian, both BBC Scotland and BBC Wales could be hit by the cuts. This seems ironic, since the corporation is making an effort to devolve more programme-making to its nations and regions department. But the article also suggests the cuts to Scotland and Wales are not sitting well with some inside the BBC Trust, and could be water down.
I guess everyone at BBC Scotland should be grateful they've already moved into their new headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, otherwise they'd have been stuck at Queen Margaret Drive for another ten or twenty years, the way things are going. But how many people will be left inside Pacific Quay if this reported round of cuts takes effect? You can be certain this will be grist to the mill for the new SNP minority government here in Scotland, and its claims the BBC is a London-centric organisation. Should make for an interesting row in the coming days.