Friday, December 02, 2005

Gaelic TV gets cash fuse

Gaelic digital television may have moved a step closer this week after the Scottish Executive is believed to have rubber stamped £11.5 million funding to get the service up and running.

Progress towards a Celtic switch-on has been painfully slow with the BBC showing little interest in operating a new channel with estimated £17m running costs, when it currently spends around £2.1m on Gaelic TV.

The latest financial carrot, an increase of £3m on previous disclosed figures, should rejuvenate discussions.

Whether demand for a dedicated Gaelic television channel warrants this level of investment is another matter.



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