Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, is the home to BBC Scotland and that’s where the program brought the group today as we toured one of the newest and most advanced television studios in Europe. Ian Small, the Head of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs for BBC Scotland, talked at length of the benefits of a well funded and operated public broadcasting company and how its impact is felt throughout the world and helps spread the message and benefits of a western civilization.
He also mentioned BBC Scotland’s plans to launch a new Gaelic channel alongside its two English based channels in the nation. This effort to reach out to a niche market within Scotland is what sets the BBC apart from private networks of similar size. The BBC is always looking to develop a better and more accessible platform for its viewers and stakeholders, the citizens of the United Kingdom. Whenever thinking about the BBC, it always makes me think about PBS and its affiliates in the United States, such as WKAR, and what they may be capable of if they saw similar funding levels to the BBC.
Following the visit to the BBC, a few of us went to visit Glasgow Cathedral, a Protestant church dating back to the 12th century. It’s an absolutely stunning building, bordered on the back end by the Glasgow Necropolis, a sprawling cemetery home to more than 50,000 souls. Glasgow is a beautiful city with a stunning history that cannot be properly explored in 6 hours, however I feel as if the top two destinations were on our radar and they did not disappoint.