BBC- Alba (Gaelic name for Scotland)
Responsibility for the financial support of the public television broadcasting service BBC-Alba is remitted to the BBC and Scottish government in 2015.
Annual operational running costs are approximately £25m.
The BBC provides about £10m in the form of broadcasting , technical support and some programming.
The Scottish government allocates around £15m to the service covering the cost of programming.
Management and Control
The 2015 Scotland Bill devolved control of Scotland’s Gaelic television channel to the Scottish government together with financial responsibility and governance.
Appointments to the governing board, (responsible for evolving policy) are remitted to the Scottish government.
The funding mechanism requires an allocation of positions on the governing board to BBC management representatives.
It is anticipated that the Scottish government will seek parity of funding with the BBC forming part of recommendations for change contained in the recently published BBC comprehensive Spending Review and Charter Renewal, which indicated a significant negative funding imbalance in terms of financial expenditure by the BBC within and in support of its Scottish subscribers who are compulsorly required to purchase an annual licence from the BBC, currently £147.
Annual income to the BBC from Scottish subscribers is approximately £250m.
Expenditure by the BBC, in Scotland, including BBC Alba costs rarely exceed £90m.
The channel broadcasts for 7 hours daily (1700-2400).
Programming content is designed to serve Gaelic speakers and those who wish to learn the native language of Scotland.
It provides many hours of Scottish sport including live soccer, rugby, shinty etc.
Most of the adult programming is subtitled in English and there are plans to provide dual sound with live events.
The channel is watched by about 637,000 adults over the age of 16 in Scotland each week which is remarkable when considered against the Gaelic speakers in Scotland who number about 57,000.
An increase in funding by the BBC and perhaps the Scottish government, would provide opportunity to expand broadcasting hours and content, mirroring mainstream television channels.
Programming could be widened to include other dialogues of Scotland eg. Scotch, Doric and English.
The opportunity exists now, through a Scottish government appointed, BBC-Alba governing board to guide the content of Scottish television broadcasting circumventing BBC Scotland and other right-wing media channels, which have abjectly failed the people of Scotland through their preference to implement the policies of the Westminster government and their foreign owners.
The channel could be renamed Alba since the BBC would be a minority partner.
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I like your take on the issue Boris. Another good totally unique view on things. Cheers.
As WGD Paul says and breeks over on Wings infers BELIEVE , ACT , BECOME , to disprove the constant lies and misinformation coming from the MSM and in particular the corrupt brutish broadcasting corporation the SG should take over the ALBA broadcasting facility and transmit the TRUTH of what is being done to Scotland and the Scottish people .
Highlight the theft of the oil billions stolen and the Mc Crone report suppressed by wastemonster by successive governments , highlight the lies and ongoing blackmail regarding the naval ships promised to Scotland , highlight repeat and expose the vow and the duplicitous co-operation of ALL the unionist parties to vote down every amendment the SG put forward. The SG are investing millions in ALBA so it is all our money , therefore I am a shareholder , and as a shareholder I DEMAND that the SG take over the running of ALBA and broadcast and expose the deliberate lies perpetrated by the corrupt media
The inactivity of the Scottish government is frustrating
There was on Sky 191 ( can’t find it now?) Irish TV ( not RTE state TV) which had ‘county matters’ which had local reporters doing a weekly half hour story about their wee bit n glen ( the whole of Ireland and Overseas Irish Communities UK , OZ, USA…..) . It also sent their reporters with trade delegations ( especially USA) and bluntly fed on the historical family ties to Ireland encouraging successful American Companies to look to Ireland ( North and South) as their first step into EU trading . There was many Irish music sessions – in fact the whole community of Ireland and Irishness from Agri shows, cultural historical events , sport, businesses, in fact everything – most of it clearly was by volunteers, part time staff . There was advertising from USA, UK, whole Ireland ( yep £s and €uros €uros) . Why not that for Scotland involving the community and the world of Scots – a few kitties and papers draws the crowds the world over . Clearly Brexit will damage the chances of ‘Overseas ‘ businesses taking their first step into EU !
Err – Fracking spell check – kitties and papers dialect for kitties and Pipers.!!!
Err umm – kitties = the ones in kilts ( kilties ) 😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠
Very apt. The Scottish government would be able to include all of this in an expanded Alba television program
I was going to say 600k viewers in Scotland plus me in South-West England