Talkback Thames Under Fire from MSPs

An independent TV production company has come in for criticism….. for hiring English presenters after receiving funding from the Scottish Government.

Yesterday's Scottish Sunday Express reported the winning of a BBC1 network commission by the new, Glasgow  base of Talkback Thames.

Saturday night game show, 'Hole in the Wall', the second series of which will be recorded at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay complex, is Talkback's first major programming output since the company received a £75,000 grant from the Scottish Government's regional assistance fund to support their new division north of the border.

However, according to the newspaper, it is due to be hosted by EastEnders actor, Joe Swash and ex-England rugby player Austin Healey, earning the wrath of several MSPs, including Tory broadcasting spokesperson, Ted Brocklebank.

The producer – which also makes The Apprentice and X-Factor – has defended the move, pointing out that much of its behind-the-camera staff has been recruited in Scotland.

“We have a local team working on Hole in the Wall, including crew and production,” Talkback Thames chief executive Lorraine Heggessey told the Express.

“We are also developing a range of other programme ideas that would work from there.” 

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