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Council makes Gaelic channel call

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BBC Alba programmes are available on satellite and iPlayer

A council has asked viewers to back its call for BBC Alba, the Gaelic television channel launched a year ago, to be made available on Freeview.

Programmes are currently only available on Sky, Freesat and live on the BBC iPlayer.

Highland Council's call follows last month's announcement by the BBC Trust that it is to review the channel.

Broadcasting it through Freeview would be one of the issues the review would look at.

However putting the channel on Freeview would see radios 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as 5Live, Radio Scotland and the World Service dropping off Freeview between 1700 and 2300 every evening.

BBC Alba has had a weekly reach in Scotland of 5%, or 220,000 people.

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