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Monday, July 23, 2007

More Gaelic TV = less Scottish TV??

According to Iain MacWhirter in today's Herald, STV plan to abandon all TV production in Scotland when the Gaelic TV channel comes on stream, as their (forced) contribution to the service will be deemed to be their entire 'regional' input.

'All' needs to be qualified, as is excludes News and Current Affairs, such as political programmes, but it could mean an end to all Scottish produced drama.

As far as I can find out, no-one else is running this story, and can anyone shed any light on the veracity of his claims? Iain tends to be well connected, so I tend to trust what he says, but I'm mightily annoyed if we now have the choice of Gaelic forced on us at the expense of virtually all other TV programmes produced in Scotland.


doctorvee said...

It wouldn't surprise me if it's true. There is not much in the way of regional programming as it stands. Besides news, there is only a handful of programmes. Whatever STV do make is done on a shoestring simply to meet the quota, and has little worth as a 'regional' programme other than the fact that it was made in Glasgow rather than London.

Anonymous said...

i also think this is horrendous - is there a precedent in Spanish programming when they eventually included portuguese (sorry to the pedants - I've probably spelt that wrong)