Which segues into a rant I want to have... when you consider fairly small-scale projects like Radio 2 Eurovision have bitten the dust, right up to one of the Corporation's four TV networks, it truly beggars belief how anyone has been able to sign off this channel, especially when the Scottish audience is already extremely well catered for by opts on BBC One and BBC Two.
The latter is disappearing once the new channel starts.
Have the short term stations been officially ruled out in future? I was always under the impression that they were the initiative of the production teams concerned, so it could well be that just the will, or the idea, isn't there at the moment.
The short version is, I'm aggrieved that I am getting a poorer service for my money yet Scotland, once again arguing that it is some sort of special case, is getting an entire extra network, at the expense of the entire UK losing BBC Three.
It's not fair.
BBC Three as a linear channel closed years ago, there's no connection between that and the new channel - different budgets, different departments. And BBC Scotland is being launched with a tiny budget for a channel... and replacing an existing service.
The same goes for the niche radio services, minuscule budget and different department
The 'nations' will always be a special case, but then again they do lose out in terms of localness - Scotlands two radio stations aren't as local as the English equivalents, and neither is the TV news. Go tuning around the radio dial - in many places in the country you'll get more BBC services than someone in, say, Aberdeen.
Sorry mate but there is a connection between BBC Three's closure and BBC Scotland, I remember that the BBC closed BBC Three because they needed to save £30 milion pounds then one year later the news comes of the launch of BBC Scotland and the new channel has a budget of....surprise surprise £30 milion pounds The same amount of money the BBC supposedly saved by closing BBC Three! If to you that is not a connection....
I'm going to jump in and, I hope, provide a little difference in perspective.
For my two pence, the BBC's decision to close BBC Three came at a time when the corporation was being asked to make specific cuts. It is operating in a politicised environment, and part of that was the need (as I once heard it described) to operate within its suitcase (cf. envelope). I think there is a rationale that actually BBC 3 content, and audience, are much more adept at a Netflix style, on-demand service.
At the same time, the BBC is also responding to a clear increase in national sentiment in Scotland. I'd argue it actually follows a well established root of catering to dedicated national audiences, such as BBC An La et al. The cost of it is actually relatively small (I mean, BBC Three was being run on a shoe string towards the end) and if it gives the BBC some leverage in such a contested environment - and it meets its core aims - then I think it's probably a good thing.
As for BBC 3, and speaking as one of their demographic, I have to confess: I've not really missed it being a dedicated channel. I'll occasionally watch something via iPlayer (and why BBC 3 wasn't just merged as part of the iPlayer brand I don't know...) but I'd say there hasn't been the same level of disquiet as when BBC 6 Music was threatened with closure.
All in all, looks like a good move for the BBC and I'm quite looking forward to it.