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BBC to create new channel for Scotland

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The BBC is to create a new channel for Scotland as part of plans which will see the "biggest single investment" in the corporation north of the border for more than 20 years.

The new channel will be on air every evening from September 2018 and will include an hour-long news programme which will be edited and presented in Scotland, leading to the creation of 80 new journalist posts at the BBC.

The new channel will be available on digital services - such as Freeview - and online.

The BBC will invest £19 million a year for the three years to March 2019 to fund BBC Scotland, while £1.2 million will be allocated for the Gaelic channel BBC Alba.

BBC director general Sir Tony Hall said: "All of this combined amounts to the biggest single investment by the BBC in broadcast content in Scotland in over 20 years.

"This will be a huge boost for BBC Scotland and for the Scottish creative industries.

"This is an exciting time for BBC Scotland and for the millions of Scots who love TV."

The corporation also expects to increase the £65 million it spends per year in Scotland making programmes for a UK audience by £20 million.


BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach visits Cumbria

Ken Loach with the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film for I, Daniel Blake Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images

BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach is visiting Cumbria today, for a special screening of his new film I, Daniel Blake.

The film is about a man whose benefits are cut after he is declared ‘fit for work’, despite being in recovery from a heart attack.

The screenings will be followed by discussions about people's experiences with the welfare system.

I, Daniel Blake won Best British Film at this year's BAFTA film awards.

The screening will take place on Thursday 16 February at the Mirehouse Labour Club in Whitehaven.

Kendal Calling 2017 tickets sell out in record time

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Tickets for a Cumbrian music festival have sold out in record-breaking time.

Kendal Calling 2017 sold it's 25,000 tickets in just over one week.

Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Frank Turner and Tinie Tempah are a few of the names set to perform at Lowther Deer Park in July.

The team are truly humbled by the reaction to this years line up and we'd like to thank everyone who has bought tickets to make this our 12th successive sell out! We’ll be keeping our heads down over the next 6 months working hard to make this the best festival possible. We have a lot more amazing artists and field based antics still to announce so keep your eyes peeled. We can’t wait to see everyone in the fields!”

– Ben Robinson, co-founder of Kendal Calling


Little Mix announce summer concert in Carlisle

Little Mix have announced a summer concert date in Carlisle.

The British pop girlband will play outdoors at Bitts Park on Sunday 16 July, in a series of 'Summer Shout Out' live shows.

We’re delighted to be welcoming Little Mix to Bitts Park. We’ve got a great summer of music planned with lots of diverse acts coming to the city including Bryan Adams. It reinforces Bitts Park as a popular outdoor music venue and Carlisle as an events city. Come along and join in the fun.”

– Carlisle City Councillor Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure
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