Joint Committee on The Draft Communications Bill Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Linn Phipps

  1.  I write as a gaelic learner to express my commitment to the gaelic language and culture and its wider availability. Gaelic broadcasting throughout the UK is crucial to this.

  2.  It was disappointing to learn that the recommendations of the Milne Report appear to have been set aside in the recently published Draft Communications Bill; although it is to be welcomed that the accompanying policy statement recommends that the new Gaelic service be administered by a Gaelic agency, namely a strengthened and enhanced Gaelic Broadcasting Committee.

  3.  I support the agreed statements from the recent conference:

    —  There is a clear demand for a comprehensive and coherent Gaelic television service delivered on the widest possible range of platforms to enable maximum coverage and accessibility;

    —  The Gaelic television service must be adequately resourced and supported;

    —  The proposed enhanced service should be based on the model proposed in the Milne Report;

    —  The Gaelic service has educational, employment and social benefits and should be designated as Public Service Broadcasting;

    —  Scheduling is key—viewers want programmes delivered at appropriate times;

    —  The interests of Gaelic viewers must be protected in interim arrangements while analogue services are replaced by digital.

May 2002

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