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Television: Scots Gaelic Language

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on which (a) channels and (b) broadcasting platforms the Gaelic language television channel will be available; and if he will make a statement. (150315)

[holding answer 18 July 2007]: The Gaelic Media Service is working with the BBC with the aim of establishing a high-quality Gaelic Digital Service which is capable of meeting the needs and expectations of the Gaelic audience in the most cost-effective way possible.

The expectation is that the GDS would be launched on satellite and digital cable. The aim would be to make it available on digital terrestrial after the completion of digital switchover. Prior to digital switchover the new service would be showcased in the limited slot available for TeleG.