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Charlie Wells3,558 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I wonder how long it'll be before BBC comes under pressure to launch a BBC Wales channel. It seems like a move to try and please the Scottish parliament.

I guess axing BBC2 Scotland will minimise the cost of getting the new channel onto FreeSat & Sky. It probably also makes BBC2's scheduling easier, with the Scotland only programmes being moved to the new channel.
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Night Thoughts86 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
I wonder how long it'll be before BBC comes under pressure to launch a BBC Wales channel. It seems like a move to try and please the Scottish parliament.

I guess axing BBC2 Scotland will minimise the cost of getting the new channel onto FreeSat & Sky. It probably also makes BBC2's scheduling easier, with the Scotland only programmes being moved to the new channel.


I give it a couple of hours.

Are there many daytime opt-outs on BBC2 Scotland? Seems odd that the BBC would want to lose the flexibility of showing Scottish sport and other events on BBC2 Scotland (do they run First Minister's Questions there?) in favour of an evening-only TV channel that may only get a small audience.
Night Thoughts86 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
Yes there do. Scotland opts out to broadcast live from holyrood on Wednesday afternoons. And first monster questions are shown Thursday at noon. Don't forget ppb, then there eurpa on Saturday nights.


First monster? Blimey.

It's all very odd. I imagine part of the reason for refusing the Scottish Six is a desire to maintain BBC1 as a channel where - as they see it - the UK comes together. Yet getting rid of BBC2 Scotland could mean BBC1 Scotland becoming a very different beast to the channel as seen in the rest of the UK.
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m789110 posts since 5 May 2015
STV North Reporting Scotland
The posts asking "when will such-and-such a region get their own TV station" completely miss the point.

Scotland is not a region; it's a country within the UK that is in many, many areas distinct from the rest of the UK.

So yes, the population of the North West of England might be more than 5m. But those 5m are already widely catered for in the "national" BBC output.
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nwtv20037,915 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
So technically BBC1, BBC2, BBC Alba, new BBC Scotland and STV2 (in part) will be funded by the licence fee. I'm sorry to say but they've only done this to shut up the SNP, surely they cannot justify running a separate BBC2 service once the new channel launches?

It's made more ridiculous by the fact that they had to close BBC3, again to please the Daily Mail by the sounds of things.

I don't object to more regional broadcasting but at a time of cuts within the BBC, I don't think this is the way to go about it.
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bilky asko4,546 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
The posts asking "when will such-and-such a region get their own TV station" completely miss the point.

Scotland is not a region; it's a country within the UK that is in many, many areas distinct from the rest of the UK.

So yes, the population of the North West of England might be more than 5m. But those 5m are already widely catered for in the "national" BBC output.


Scotland used to be a sovereign nation in the same way Yorkshire used to be.