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Digital Broadcasting: Gaelic Language

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expected cost is of launching the Gaelic digital television service; and what the estimated annual running costs are. (160040)

I understand that the total revenue costs of setting up the channel (including promotion) are expected to be in the region of £1.27 million and the total capital requirements £1.5 million. The annual running costs of the channel, excluding distribution, are estimated to be £17.9 million.

These figures are dependent on the outcome of the BBC Trust’s consideration of the proposals which are currently subject to a Public Value Test, as required under the BBC charter and agreement.