Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Don't slay the arts

The axing of the UK Film Council could have an impact on the burgeoning film industry in Northern Ireland, as it is one of the bodies which funds film-making here.

The power-sharing Executive must resist the temptation to follow the example of the Westminster government in meddling in this important sector for the sake of some short-term financial gains. Instead it should consider investing more in the creative arts here.

A study of the performance of NI Screen shows that it helped bring £22m to the local economy here last year and £45m over a period of three years. Not only are the creative industries a money spinner, they also provide a positive image of the province.

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