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Friday 19 September 2008

BBC launches new Gaelic channel tonight

BBC Alba and some organisation called MG Alba is to launch a Gaelic language television channel on Sky and Freesat tonight. Apparently it won't be available on Freeview for another two years - but as that is roughly the time when the analogue signals will be switched off in Scotland and the Freeview signal boosted to full strength, I hope that at that time all Gaelic language programming will be removed from BBC2: in Scotland there are two hours of Gaelic programming on Thursday evenings, depriving the vast majority of potential viewers in Scotland from watching programmes televised on BBC2 nationally. Now that there will be a dedicated Gaelic language television channel for the [quite small] minority who speak that language, there will then be absolutely no justification to foist this Gaelic-mafia programming on the rest of us, who have no interest in it.

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