BBC Alba : disappointment over BBC postponement of decision

23 March 2010

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Peter Peacock has expressed disappointment that the BBC’s governing body has postponed a decision on whether to make the Gaelic language channel BBC Alba more readily available.

The news came as a blow to the MSP, who has backed calls to make the TV channel free to view.

Last month he spoke in support of his party’s amendment to a Scottish Parliament motion urging the BBC Trust to resolve issues which currently mean the channel can only be seen via satellite.

Mr Peacock said: "I am disappointed at any delay.

"There are many Gaels, living in their own communities, who cannot get the service, for technical reasons.

"If they were, through free-view, the BBC estimate the audience would attract a further 150,000 to 180,000 viewers."

He added: "Without the use of free-view, and cable, there is the real danger of people in the very communities BBC Alba was intended to reach being disenfranchised."


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