Designed to fail?

It appears that the BBC Scotland channel is failing to attract many viewers, anyone surprised?

Seemingly The Nine has slumped to less than 9000 viewers per day. Now I have never watched BBC Scotland, I gave up on the BBC a long time ago and swore to myself it’s not a channel I’ll watch that much anymore other than the Parliament channel. I’m not surprised though that this channel is failing.

It’s only on a few hours a day, the programmes don’t look all that great and the budget is pretty small by tv standards. For me this was an attempt by the BBC to put Scots, disgusted by its behaviour, from the Indy ref, the blanking out of Scottish politicians, the aggression in interviews with the SNP and soft touch to unionists to Saville and liar Marr back in their box.

I think they hoped that by giving Scots a few crumbs from their London table that we would go away and stop slating them and their right wing British agenda, well they were wrong. I don’t think they will be surprised by these low figures, it will give them an excuse to cancel the channel, they can then blame Scots for not watching and push the narrative that Scots want British tv.

The simple fact though is that control of the BBC in Scotland needs to be devolved but it won’t be. There is no larger a political broadcaster pushing propaganda than the BBC, they actually make Fox News look sane. We have terrible media in this country, especially around news and current affairs. STV Scotland Tonight started well but pretty much just mirrors the BBC now in my opinion in its bias coverage. Sky News is shocking with like of Kay Burley, ITV and Channel Four not much better.

So is anyone surprised by the figures and will anyone care if it goes to the wall, I won’t.

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5 comments

  1. Bob Nugent

    YAHOOOO POWER TO THE PEOPLE
    SCOTS WILL. OT BE LIED TO AGAIN BY PUBLICLY FUNDED TV CHANNEL
    THEY NEED TO GO FUND THEMSELVES
    SCOTS CANNOT AFFORD THIS FEE WHEN TORY AUSTERITY IS RIPPING APART HOUSEHLODS

    • grumpyscottishmanGrumpy Scottish Man

      Bob
      I’m all for selling off the BBC, where else in the world does anyone pay for a tv license then have to pay even more for the tv they might want to watch like NOW TV, we are mugs and I won’t lose any sleep if the channel goes under.

      Thanks for commenting.
      Bruce

  2. Calum Williamson

    I’ve watched a few shows on the new channel and so far none of those that I have watched are dreadful and some are really quite good. The Nine and Debate Night are both programmes that I’ve enjoyed watching. The Nine does not appear to have quite the same unionist bias as is prevalent throughout the rest of BBC Scotland. In the past week or so I have noticed some creeping back in on the Nine, usually from content brought in from Reporting Scotland or BBC1.
    My worry is that if people are boycotting it and it does fail, then what are the chances of any pro indy views being aired on terrestrial TV should we be lucky enough to have a referendum/election called in the near future?

    • grumpyscottishman

      Calum
      I don’t think we can win either way. This channel is being done on the cheap to try and placate Scots and while I understand why people might watch it I just can’t bring myself to support anything the BBC does. Why indy2 happens it will be interesting to see if the coverage on the channel is better but I don;t think it will be.

      Thanks for commenting.
      Bruce

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