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PIf Scotland votes Yes, what would happen to Free TV in the rest
Tuesday 9 September 2014 10:11PM
You assume there could be any terrestrial broadcasting in Scotland. The allocation of frequencies by the EBU has been to the UK and Scotland would have to both join the EBU and negotiate its own allocations of frequencies. Like the EU, there is no guarantee that the present arrangements could or would continue for a new country seeking membership.
As far as allocation of funds to the residual BBC in EWNI, there is at the moment some "top slicing" of the amount that has been allocated to the provision of super fast broadband. The new arrangements could see that restored to the BBC and therefore the suggested £5 increase in the licence fee because of separation could be ameliorated.
With the comparatively small number of people using freesat, I do not see that it would be entirely uneconomic for those who own generic receivers to get a free replacement with an encryption card slot (it would cost even less if this were only available to those not able to receive from a main terrestrial transmitter). A similar arrangement to the Sky carriage of BBC channels in Eire could then be implemented for those in Scotland who wish to receive BBC programming. Transmitters near the border could be reconfigured to avoid overspill except to the closest borderlands of Scotland.
Programme makers may well abandon Scotland - the BBC units currently making shows there would obviously move south or to NI - it seems daft to me that Mrs Brown's Boys is recorded in Scotland and the new Titantic studios complex would no doubt welcome the business. The upside of course is that in England we will no longer have to endure the bastard offspring of the White Heather Club every New Year.
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Wednesday 16 October 2013 11:18PM
COM7 has started transmission with an Al Jazeera place holder.