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Ofcom may impose restrictions on BBC channel

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BBC Scotland: regulator may impose restrictions (pic: Terry Murden)

Restrictions may be placed on the new BBC Scotland channel to prevent it from dominating media output.

Ofcom, the new regulator, is assessing the new channel and will reveal its findings by 11 July. Limiting the scope of the station is one option under consideration.

It is looking at four possible outcomes, including calling a complete halt to the project which was announced by the BBC in February 2017, which was expected to begin broadcasting in the autumn of 2018.

It is proposed that the new channel will replace BBC Four on electronic programme guides in Scotland.

The corporation’s own governing board found that the channel passed its Public Interest Test.

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