TG4 for BT12…

Irish language TV station TG4 is preparing to broadcast officially from Northern Ireland, according to industry sources quoted in the Tele.

Ben Lowry writes: Don Anderson, a media consultant, predicted that some unionists may welcome the development.

“Although immediately this will please the Irish language lobby, it could also be an opportunity for Ulster Scots as well,” Mr Anderson said.

“TG4 have told me that if it got a reasonable signal in Northern Ireland, they would be quite happy to do programmes in Ulster Scots.”

  • Fraggle

    ………and they’re going to introduce a comedy slot in the form of ulster-scots!

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Reverend Ted?

  • Fraggle

    lol

  • maca

    Good news. I just hope they improve the programmes.

  • davidbrew

    Brilliant news-23 hours of John Wayne movies and one hour we can go for tea

  • maca

    …someday you might open your eyes to this wonderful part of your culture David. You could be pleasantly surprised…

  • Mick Fealty

    David has a point. I tried to grab some Irish language television last weekend in Cork. I managed to see most of a great Clark Gable movie on Sunday morning before heading to the airport. But the Irish broadcast times completely elluded the downtime in my admittedly busy schedule.

  • davidbrew

    Well Maca I’m quite cultured up enough thanks.. and Marion Morrison is an Ulster Scot, but I did watch a documentary on TG4 recently about the poor oppressed people of Short Strand during the 12th of July 2003. If Gerry Adams didn’t write the script (alright the subtitles) he should have done. Not a word about -for instance-the suffering of Cluan Place in the interests of balance. I don’t expect every programme to be value neutral, but even by the good old bad old days of the 70s and 80s this was atrocious.

    I have enjoyed some of the programmes on “Leargas”, which have taken an informative view of the British soldiers from the 26 counties, or the RIC, and some programmes about the role of the churches in the promotion of Irish are interesting–but most of it makes our own dear Channel 9 in Londonderry look like Cecil B deMille

  • maca

    “Well Maca I’m quite cultured up enough thanks”

    …you can never have too much culture David. Broadens the mind etc.

  • smcgiff

    You watch more of it than I, David!

  • davidbrew

    yup, I am 25% of the entire audience!!!

  • smcgiff

    ‘yup, I am 25% of the entire audience!!!’

    Mm, are you legion, David?

  • maca

    Over 730,000 viewers per day David.

  • George

    Cluan Place? Surely the locals have renamed it meadow place by now?
    That God forsaken language weasels its way into everything.

  • davidbrew

    my mistake – I meant 25% of the total audience IQ

  • maca

    Notice how they turn nasty when challenged … intersting species.

  • Fraggle

    yup, davidbrew, your IQ probably is 25% of the average viewer.

  • davidbrew

    notice how maca resorts to a racist generalisation when intellectually outgunned

  • Mick Fealty

    Maca, I respectfully refer you to the Lisburn thread, and its mention of the term ad hominem:

    Appealing to personal considerations rather than to logic or reason: Debaters should avoid ad hominem arguments that question their opponents’ motives.

  • Davros

    This is a serious question… do they dub any of the films into Irish ? Or sub-title them ?

  • maca

    David:
    To quote the great English poet Robbie Williams … “Is there a tumour in your humour?”

    Point taken Mick. Howver I don’t think my comment was any worse than DB’s previous comment. But that’s just my own opinion.

  • davidbrew

    maca
    to quote the greater poet English poet Hugh Cornwell, “No” as in (more heroes)