- BBC Alba (TV channel)
Infobox TV channel
name = BBC Alba
logofile = BBC Alba.svg
launch = 19 September 2008
picture format =
576i( PAL) 16:9
BBCand MG ALBA
slogan = A new channel for Scotland/Sianal Ùr Gàidhlig
country = Scotland
Stornowayand Pacific Quay, Glasgow
web = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/alba/]
sister names =
BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Scotland
sat serv 1 = Sky Digital
sat chan 1 = Channel 168
sat serv 2 =
sat chan 2 = Channel 110
sat serv 3 =
sat chan 3 = 11954H 27500 2/3
cable serv 1 =
cable chan 1 = Channel TBA|
BBC Alba is a
Scottish Gaeliclanguage digital televisionchannel which is broadcast by the BBCthroughout the United Kingdom on satellite and cable television. The channel was launched at 9pm on Friday 19 September 2008. The name " Alba" is the Gaelic word for Scotland.
The station is unique in that it is the first channel to be delivered under a BBC licence by a partnership and is also the first multi-genre channel to come entirely from Scotland with almost all of its programmes made in Scotland. The channel partners are
MG ALBAand the BBC. [cite news
title = Gaelic digital TV channel debated
date = 2007-08-29
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/6968320.stm
accessdate = 2007-08-03] [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/tv/local/alba_eng.shtml BBC - Commissioning - BBC ALBA ] ] [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/7556739.stm]
On-air for up to seven hours a day, "BBC Alba" broadcasts throughout the UK on satellite (Sky Digital &
Freesat) and it was hoped to be on Virgin from launch. The BBC & Virgin Media are still in negotiations about broadcasting the station. Subject to review by the BBC Trust, it will be broadcast on Freeview, in Scotland only, from the digital switchover (2010). The channel is funded and operated jointly by MG ALBAand the BBC. Whilst the partnership runs the channel, Gaelic programming on BBC Two Scotlandwill continue at least until digital switchover takes place. The Gaelic Digital Service will also include BBC Radio nan Gàidhealduring downtime hours (alongside simulcasts of BBC Radio Scotland& BBC Radio Five Live) and online content.
The channel began broadcasting at 9pm on 19 September with an launch video featuring a new rendition of the
Runrigsong, "Alba". The first part of a live celidh from Skye was followed by a specially produced comedy drama entitled "Elbheas" (Elvis), staring Greg Hemphillas Elvis Presley, at 9:30pm. The channel's first independent commission, "Peter Manuel – Deireadh an Uilc?" ("Peter Manuel - The End of Evil?"), a drama documentary produced by SMG Productions, was shown at 10:30pm before the opening night closed with the second half of the live celidh from Skye. The launch night was simulcast on BBC Two Scotlandbetween 9pm and 10:30pm.
"BBC Alba" combines
television, radioand on-lineprogramme content, and is anticipated to have a positive impact at many levels including increasing artistic and technical skills, extending economic opportunities, stimulating parents' interest in Gaelic medium education, appealing to and serving the adult learners and strengthening Gaelic usage in extremely important media. It holds significant potential to assist with the development of positive attitudes to the acquisition and transmission of Gaelic. "BBC Alba" broadcasts more Scottish sport than any other channel, with over 3 hours a week of football, rugby and shinty. In addition, the station also broadcasts a live news programme for 30 minutes every weekday.
MG ALBA and the BBC have announced that around ninety minutes of television content daily will be new material. Output on the station consists of news, current affairs, sport, drama, documentary, entertainment, education, religion and children's programming, broadcast on most days between 5pm and 12am. Sport programmes began on Saturday 20 September 2008 and news services on Monday 22 September 2008. [http://www.mgalba.com/faq_english.html]
Children's programmes are shown for two hours every weekday, between 5pm and 7pm. Current affairs series
Eòrpaand children's magazine show Dè a-nis?are broadcast on Thursday nights on BBC Alba and also continue to be shown on BBC Two Scotlandat their usual timeslots on Thursdays. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/alba/tbh/eorpa/english/index.shtml]
A nightly half-hour news programme,
An Là, is aired on weeknights at 8pm. Spòrson Saturday nights features weekly coverage of a selected SPL match. A Gaelic-learning programme, "Speaking our Language" is shown on weeknights at 7:30pm. Former "Eòrpa" reporter, Derek Mackay hosts a weekly chat show, "Cnag na Cùise", on Sunday nights.
BBC Alba concentrates on three sports, football, Rugby and
Shinty. [ [http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football-news/scottish-football/scottish-football-league/2008/07/31/sfl-s-delight-at-joy-sponsorship-deal-for-challenge-cup-86908-20678564/ SFL's delight at joy sponsorship deal for Challenge Cup - The Daily Record ] ]
The station broadcasts one full SPL game every Saturday night - an arrangement due to continue until the end of the 2009-10 season. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/7507443.stm BBC SPORT | Football | Scottish Premier | BBC Gaelic to screen SPL matches ] ] The game shown is a selected one not covered by either live
Setanta Sportsor on an on-demand basis by BT Visionand shown three hours after the end of the match. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/alba/naidheachdan/story/2008/07/080715_gaelic_spl.shtml BBC Scotland Alba | Naidheachdan | Geamaichean a' Phrìomh Lìog air an t-Seirbheis Dhidseataich ] ] . The match only includes Gaelic commentary along with English subtitles.
BBC Alba will also broadcast at least two live football games this season - one semi final and the final of the Alba Challenge Cup, sponsored by MG ALBA.
BBC Alba recently struck a deal with the Scottish rugby authorities to show one live rugby,
Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership Division Onematch every weekend. [http://sport.scotsman.com/rugby/Scottish-clubs-agree--to.4555181.jp]
BBC Alba has four studios across Scotland in
Stornoway, Glasgow, Invernessand Portree. Continuity and channel management is based in Stornoway while the news services will be based in Inverness. BBC Scotland's headquarters at Pacific Quayin Glasgow will be used to transmit the programmes. [http://www.mgalba.com/faq_english.html] The First Minister, Alex Salmondopened the new BBC Alba studio in Portree in August 2008 where he recorded a message for the launch of BBC Alba. [http://cci.scot.nhs.uk/News/Releases/2008/08/27082122] [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/This-Week/Media-Briefings/080825]
"BBC Alba" is funded by
MG ALBA, which is financed by the Scottish Government, and BBC Scotland.
The BBC currently spends £3.2 million on radio content and £2.1 million for TV and online. The BBC contributes an additional £2.5 million to the station. (BBC figures exclude distribution costs.) MG ALBA will apply the majority of its budget (£12.4 million in 2008/09) to the Gaelic Digital Service.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig
List of Celtic language media
TG4(1996) - Irish language TV station
TV Breizh(2001) - Breton TV station
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba BBC Alba website]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/consult/gaelic_digital_service/gaelic_ser_desc.pdf Gaelic Digital Service proposals] at bbc.co.uk
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