He argued that Scottish licence fee payers currently brought in an income of £320 million a year, which compared favourably with BBC Scotland’s budget of about £100m.
This smells extremely fishy. Isn't he complaining elsewhere that there's not enough Scottish content on there? So I assume they get a lot of BBC1 and BBC2 programmes. The budgets for those stations are getting on for £1.9bn. How does that work?
He argued the “huge success” and unique content provided by Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba had shown a Scottish public service broadcaster would be a success. He pointed to viewing figures that showed it had an audience of 900,000, nine times the number of Gaelic speakers.
“Viewers are clearly voting with their remote controls for more Scottish content,” he said. “Yet we do not have an English-language public service broadcasting channel of our own.”
I watch BBC Alba sometimes, so I doubt those 900,000 are all in Scotland. So isn't the logic that the channels been a success across Britain, using pooled British licence fees?
And what's the evidence BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland aren't doing well?
The fishy smell might be in the detail of that 900,000 audience. I know that Alba have exclusively carried at least one of Rangers' games in recent weeks and that was rolled out across Scotland and online.