I'm not going to complain about a new channel which will provide and commission original programming. I think it's a very healthy development for the Scottish media scene, and frankly there should be more coming from and for the other nations and regions. And I get that it wouldn't have been as simple as just saying to Scotland "have a Scottish Six". There are any number of branding and political issues to overcome there.
But only the BBC could go into a negotiation where people are demanding an extra half hour of news output (on top of the half hour already provided by Reporting Scotland) and say "No, you can't have that at that time. How about we give you a completely new channel instead?"
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It seems all the BBC two opt out are going to this new channel aswell, so what the point?
It gives identity, which is almost as important as content. In addition this Channel will provide a source of re-broadcastable content for UK wide BBC Daytime and BBC Four after it's BBC Scotland airing.
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River city will at long last appear on BBC Daytime ?!
The BBC has announced that its dedicated TV channel for Scotland will go live in February next year.
It had initially been planned to start broadcasting this autumn.
However, BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon said "coming on air early in the new year was the best option for us, audiences and our suppliers".
Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given "provisional" approval to the plans for the channel which will have a budget of just over £32m per full year.
Other aspects of the project include;
A news programme (shown at 21:00 on weekdays) covering "international, UK and Scottish stories, told from a Scottish perspective", with shorter bulletins at weekends
New programmes that reflect Scottish life, including the opportunity to premiere some new comedy and drama
Repeats and archive programmes - about 50% of shows on the channel will be repeat material
Core broadcast hours every day from 19:00 until midnight
It is proposed that the new channel will take the place currently occupied by BBC Four on electronic programme guides (EPG) in Scotland. BBC Four would move down the EPG to a less prominent slot.
Regulator Ofcom said its aim was to see Scottish audiences well served, both by the BBC and the broadcasting sector as a whole.
The body is due to end a consultation period on 18 May and then issue its final report later in the year.
In an email to staff, Ms MacKinnon said: "In deciding when to launch, we looked at a number of options, including late autumn and around Christmas time, but we concluded that coming on air early in the new year is the best option for us, audiences and our suppliers.
"We took into consideration programme development and production time and audience trends during holidays - especially around the crowded marketing period at Christmas.
"Getting the channel right is preferable to simply getting it on air as quickly as possible and having some additional time after final approval should be beneficial."
I've got a feeling this will please no one. In broad brushes,
A fair number of SNP supporters think the BBC is biased and won't watch and a fair number I know have cancelled their licence.
A fair number of non-SNP supporters think there is enough Scottish stuff and don't want this (the network stuff is better view).
I'd like to know (and a lot of this is remarkably hard to find out):
* The ratings for BBC Alba (minus the football)
* The ratings per episode of BBC Reporting Scotland (some people have said now less than 200k)
And let see if these point to an exclusive Scottish channel being likely to succeed.
Totally agree that this will please no one. The quality and breadth of BBC Scotland output is fairly poor IMO. I’d be happier if all regional opt outs ( bar Reporting Scotland ) moved off BBC One and Two. I find myself either watching BBC One on iPlayer or BBC Two HD in order to see the non Scottish schedule at the time it’s being broadcast around the rest of the UK.