Surely RTENL are not going to transmit anyone for free. They have to be paid for somehow, and no-one said how . How would TV3 etc react if they did?
Any costs to BBC Worldwide would be miniscule compared with the transmission costs BTW
TV3 are NOT in direct competition with BBC, UTV maybe are. UTV would love to get on the Republic's DTT platform. There are arguments that TV3 could put forward if UTV applied to go on the MUX, but certainly not the BBC.
Regardless of that, surely TV3 would throw a huge tantrum if, on the one hand, other TV channels (regardless of who they were) were to be transmitted on DTT for free by RTENL (i.e. effectively subsidised by others), whilst on the other hand a large fee is demanded by RTE NL of TV3 for DTT transmission?
They have to treat everything equally in relation to transmission costings ?
Such was the nature and spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding directive which incidently Ryan is ripping up before our very eyes.
TV3 was and will never be part of any such an agreement. Nor probably will UTV.
Only RTE, TG4 and the BBC are part of the said agreement.
The MoU is rather like the Munich Declaration: a worthless con..
From now on the MoU should be referred to as the "Memorandum of NO understanding"
This describes Ryans entire political career and the sooner we are rid of him the better.
However he can order a commercial must carry on the FTA mux by amending the broadcasting act 2007 which means that BBC could get maybe 2 channels but not pay for a FULL mux like the commercials but for a FRACTIONAL mux instead. That is compliant with the 'ensure' bit of the MoU.
I reckon RTE will have to pay carry too, only TG4 will go free. Why the Beeb would bother with FTA Sat and Overspill available everywhere I dunno, they would never pay for a full mux.
Ryan is some gobsh1te and that is for sure.
More "free to air" guff:
Thanks Guys. Screenshot of original green party announcement taken just before they kick their webmaster in the hole for not wiping his masters prints off the mess he created in Belfast . This is the second retraction by that lying moron Eamon Ryan in just a week .
Did anybody hear what happened when Ireland Offline mentioned his website http://www.broadband.gov.ie/ where 75% of the ISPs listed no longer existed ??? Read that here.
BBC NI News on BBC online.
When the Greens went into government, the reason they gave for dumping 95% of their manifesto promises was that by securing two senior ministerial positions, they could be more effective in promoting change through those positions.
Once again we see just how effective the Greens, and Ryan in particular, are as government ministers.
I wonder will the BBC Iplayer be part of this.... it would be great if thats part of the deal
There is no deal for people in the South. Eamon Ryan reneged on it for purely commercial reasons.
He went to his website and changed the wording, hoping nobody would notice.
The Memorandum commits the two Governments to facilitating the widespread availability of RTE services in Northern Ireland and BBC services in Ireland on a free-to-air basis.
The Memorandum commits the two Governments to facilitating the widespread availability of RTE services in Northern Ireland on a free-to-air basis and BBC services in Ireland on a paid for basis.