IN a recent debate on the financing of the BBC and free TV licences for the over-75s, Baroness Liddell said the BBC was a ''gold standard'' of journalism around the world and the BBC World Service was an essential diplomatic tool "(Scrapping free TV licence could leave elderly isolated, peer warns", The Herald, March 6). With all due respect to the Baroness, she clearly has limited experience of rival TV, radio and other media providers.

Moreover, if, as she claims, the BBC actually is ''gold standard'' then it need have no concern about transferring to funding mechanisms like that used by Netflix. The BBC has lived off its reputation for far too long.

Doug Clark, Currie.

PRESSURE to replace or provide an alternative to the national Six o’ Clock News and the 6.30 Scottish News with a Scottish Six was resisted. Scotland continued to be catered for in the same way as all the other areas of the United Kingdom, and why should it be any different?

However, a handsome concession was made. Scotland was to have a whole new channel, BBC Scotland. Including a Scottish Six? Well, no. But there was to be a brand new, hour-long news and current affairs programme – The Nine. Wow.

But wait a minute. Is nine o’ clock not the very time when all the dramas and documentaries watched by everyone who might be interested in The Nine, are on air, and not just on BBC 1, but BBC 2, STV, Channel 4 and BBC4 as well? Bad timing? Or sabotage? Being the sort of person who will watch the Six o’ Clock News and the 6.30 Scottish News you might sacrifice a new drama for the time being to sample The Nine, to be discouraged when the stories already seen at six or six-thirty are simply repeated here.

That’s not all the fault of The Nine. There are good presenters, reporters and analysts, with good original reports, but the only way to access them is to record and then cherry-pick later. Better than nothing maybe. But no substitute for a Scottish Six, which of course it was not intended to be.

Ronald MacLean, Beauly.