A former director general of the BBC has warned Scots would have to pay a high price to watch much-loved programmes after independence.

Lord Birt also told fellow peers that the BBC would make far fewer programmes about Scotland and a Scottish Broadcasting Corporation would only have about a tenth of the budget the corporation now enjoys.

And the new Scottish Broadcasting Corporation could find itself in a financial bind, he said. "The BBC will have no alternative whatsoever but to act in the interests of licence fee payers," which would no longer include Scots, he said.

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"That would mean the BBC would "seek the best possible commercial deals for the sale of its programmes in Scotland..."