As part of its commitment to increasing the number of television programmes made in Scotland, the BBC has announced that the popular drama series Waterloo Road is to relocate to Glasgow. It is not clear how the writers will explain the move in location from Rochdale, where the fictional school is currently sited, to Glasgow.
The move comes after the BBC attracted criticism for the small percentage of licence revenues which were invested in Scottish programming. With the relocation of Waterloo Road to Scotland, an expected 230 jobs will be created.
Shed Productions, which produces the award winning drama, is currently working alongside Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to ensure a smooth relocation, as well as identifying filming locations in the West of Scotland.
The news is the second boost to Scottish broadcasting this week. It was announced yesterday (Tuesday) that training in television and digital media will benefit from a new funding package of almost one and a half million pounds.
The ‘Creative Edge’ scheme is being funded to the tune of £1.4 million from the Scottish Government and is supported by Channel 4, Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and TRC media, a Glasgow-based training company.
Sandra White, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin has today welcomed the news that Waterloo Road, is to relocate to Glasgow.
“This is great news both in economic and cultural terms for Glasgow, and for Scotland as a whole.
“Basing the award winning show here will give a further boost to our broadcasting and creative industries.
“It is testament to the creative flair and versatility of this great city and highlights the growing reputation of production services we have available here in Scotland.
“Already this week we’ve witnessed the centre of Glasgow being turned into US city for a Hollywood movie and this announcement caps off a fantastic couple of weeks which will undoubtedly boost Scotland’s reputation as hub of creative talent and filming locations.
“This latest announcement will also see significant economic investment with a boost of 230 jobs.”