Radio 1-4 etc, nan Gàidheal...
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:14 am
Seo na chuir am BBC thugam nuair a dh'innis mi gum b' ann glè dhona na seirbheisean FM is DAB sa Ghàidhealtachd 's na h-Eileanan. Gu dearbh, tha iad ag ràdh "Distributing BBC ALBA on broadband as an alternative to Freeview was ruled out due to relatively low broadband take-up and slow broadband speeds in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands." Agus seo am puing agam - mar do BhBC Alba, mar do Radio nan Gàidheal amsaa. Spiocairean!
BBC wrote:Thank you for contacting us.
I have noted your concerns about BBC Alba. The Trust reached the decision to make BBC ALBA available to viewers in Scotland on Freeview, following a careful and thorough review of the service.
The review looked at how well the channel is serving Gaelic speakers, how well it is attracting new and non-speakers, and how it should be made available to audiences in the future. Continuation of the BBC ALBA service was dependent on a successful review by the Trust. The review included a public consultation which drew over 5,000 responses.
Overall the Trust concluded that BBC ALBA is performing well and achieving its aims, and as you are aware decided that it should be carried on Freeview. The Trust has approved the BBC Executive's proposal to remove the BBC's thirteen radio stations from Freeview, in Scotland only, during the hours BBC ALBA is broadcasting, as the most technically and financially viable way of enabling BBC ALBA to be carried on Freeview.
On Freeview carriage, the BBC Executive explored and ruled out a range of possibilities for making BBC ALBA more widely available. For example, buying spectrum was ruled out due to the prohibitive cost. The removal of a red button stream or BBC Parliament from Freeview was also ruled out due to the likely loss of significant public value. Distributing BBC ALBA on broadband as an alternative to Freeview was ruled out due to relatively low broadband take-up and slow broadband speeds in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands.
National Trustee for Scotland Jeremy Peat has said:
"…Carrying ALBA on Freeview will bring the service to a much wider audience across Scotland – it's been clear from our review that there are strong views about the future of the service and this has not been a straightforward decision, but we believe that it's the option that really offers the most benefit for licence fee payers in Scotland."
The Trust does however expect the Executive to continue to explore whether the development of technologies which use spectrum more efficiently might enable some radio services on DTT in Scotland to be maintained alongside BBC ALBA in the future, subject to the normal value for money and public value considerations.
You can find full details of the review on the Trust’s website at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/our_work/ ... alba.shtml
Thanks once again for taking the time to contact us.