Angus MacDonald hails confirmation that BBC Alba wil be broadcast on Freeview
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 15:29
SNP Councillor Angus MacDonald has today welcomed the news from the BBC Trust that BBC Alba will be available to viewers in Scotland on Freeview, following a review of the service. At the moment the channel is only available on Sky or Freesat.
Councillor Angus MacDonald, who was Convener of the successful Royal National Mod held in Falkirk in 2008, and is also the SNP Candidate for Falkirk East at the forthcoming Holyrood election commented:
"It is excellent news that the BBC Trust has finally given approval for BBC Alba to be shown on Freeview. The news follows extensive lobbying and a strong campaign in favour of the Gaelic digital channel being shown on Freeview. According to the BBC Trust there were over 5,000 responses to their review of BBC Alba which shows the depth of feeling that exists both within and without the Gaelic community on this issue.
“BBC Alba is bringing Gaelic to Scotland as a whole, not only to those people who can speak the language. This is a timely Christmas present for Gaelic speakers, and non-Gaelic speakers who have an interest in the language and the broadcasts from BBC Alba will make use of the extra broadcast platform, which I am sure will allow BBC Alba to go from strength to strength.
"It is encouraging for the future of the channel to note that four out of every five viewers are non-Gaelic speakers. The appeal of the channel can only continue to grow with this welcome news regarding its expansion.”
It is hoped that BBC Alba will be available on Freeview from April 2011.