Something that's needed is an assessment as to where on Freeview this is going to go. The only place I can think is space vacated in the evening by removing the broadcast red button service during the BBC Scotland broadcast hours.
It looks to be mainly PSB1 for that matter - but bandwidth has been constrained. In Scotland - you have the usual 7 BBC streams, plus BBC Alba which eats on BBC Radio service airtime in Scotland (Radio 1, 2, 3, World Service, Radio Nan Gaidheal).
I'm suspecting that it could be another cutback to the BBC Radio roster - though in recent years they've made better use of compression techniques to fit in the other stations including Radio 4 and 1Xtra. However I'm suspicious. Their mux capacity is full, and it may be a serviceable move to either reduce bitrates or reduce hours on the other stations.
As for the topic at hand - I had to think quite a bit regarding the matter here - to avoid impulsivity mainly. I'm divided on the subject of a new BBC channel for Scotland.
I welcome the fact that the BBC are actually doing something with regards to the Nations. The new channel is quite a surprise - though it does reaffirm the notion that they're needing to provide more for the nations. Scottish people in particular are getting a lot more from the BBC with these new developments. The increase in programming is a welcome move.
The Scottish Nine however - they've put through the focus of news being delivered from a Scottish perspective, but at 9pm I think the slot could be facing a difficult challenge. An odd decision when prime time is well underway across the five terrestrial channels and some of the multichannels.
I'm finding it questionable though how the BBC would actually manage to launch such a channel with the money they've got, when they had DQF running amok over the years.
I'm divided on this subject, but we'll see how it happens...
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