Gaelic digital TV plans encounter slight delay

THE broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, have announced it requires a further three weeks to consider the ‘market impact’ a planned dedicated digital TV channel for Gaelic language programming.

The BBC and the government-funded Gaelic Media Service are hoping to jointly operate the channel by March next year. But, first, two tests need to be satisfied: Ofcom’s market assessment test and also a ‘public value test’ being carried out by the BBC Trust.

Instead of the end of this month, the Ofcom test will be now completed more towards the end of next month. It is understood the extra time is required to speak to respondents to on-going public consultation.

Says Ofcom: “As a result of the extended MIA, the overall public value test timetable is likely to change. Subject to ratification by the Trust a revised timetable will be published.”