Journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch urged city leaders to encourage the BBC to invest in Dundee.
During a question and answer session at Thursday’s economic summit, Ms Riddoch said the BBC cannot produce programmes in Dundee – and criticised the corporation for using an old background when carrying out interviews at its Dundee studio.
She said: “Dundee is the only city in Scotland where this happens and the backdrop being used is out-of-date.”
Dundee City Council chief executive David Martin said the BBC had been offered a new backdrop to use but had declined the offer.
A BBC Scotland spokesman said: “Dundee stories are covered extensively covered as part of our news and current affairs output and the city also features regularly in television and radio documentaries, a recent example being, our history series Scotland: The Promised Land which focused on the city in the opening episode.Dundee also recently hosted the Scottish dates of the BBC’s Make It Digital tour.
“We welcome feedback about the backdrops from our offices around the country – the one in Dundee was updated within the last two years – and will continue to review them to ensure they are accurate representations.”
The question and answer session also saw Dundee University principal Professor Pete Downes asked his views on membership of the European Union.
He said he believed leaving would be disastrous in terms of funding and restricting freedom of movement.