the media and entertainment union
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3 September 2009

BECTU and BBC Scotland have now agreed a process which it is hoped will allow issues to be raised and addressed more quickly and collaboratively during production of River City.

Filming on series 3 is underway at the Dumbarton studios near Glasgow.

It has been agreed that a rep from BECTU’s Scottish Freelance branch will visit the studios regularly to allow members to seek advice both informally and formally; the branch rep will then liaise with management, as appropriate.

Both BECTU and drama management at BBC Scotland believe that these arrangements will be a great help, both to communication and to working relationships.

Morag Bain, the series producer, has pledged her support for the process and wants to maintain a positive and constructive production ethos.

BECTU’s Scottish Organiser, Paul McManus, has also taken the opportunity provided by the agreement to confirm to the BBC that comments in recent web articles were not directed specifically at Morag, or the drama management team, but were instead an ongoing, industry-wide reflection of freelances’ views on the state of the industry in Scotland.

Discussions continue on the nature of buyout contracts used by the BBC since January; members will be kept updated as these talks develop.