One of the partners in the Gaelic language TV channel, BBC ALBA, has had three of its board members re-appointed by the broadcasting regulators and approved by the Secretary of State for Scotland.
The trio, on the board of MG ALBA – which is funded by the Scottish Government, to ensure the availability of high-quality Gaelic-language TV progranning – are Donald JF MacInnes, Donald Martin and Rob Dunbar.
MacInnes was nominated by the BBC, which makes up the other half of BBC ALBA. He is chief executive of Glasgow: City of Science and a former member of the BBC’s Broadcasting Council for Scotland and the Scottish Appointments Panel for the BBC’s Audience Council Scotland. He was first appointed to the MG ALBA board three years ago, for three years, and has been re-appointed to March 31 2014.
Donald Martin – nominated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise – is a regular contributor to Gaelic radio and TV programmes and is former chief executive of the Gaelic agency, Comunn na Gàidhlig (from 2003 to 2007). He served on the board of the predecessor to the MG ALBA, the Gaelic Broadcasting Committee. He was first appointed to the MG ALBA board, three years ago, for three years and has been re-appointed to March 31 2014.
Dunbar was nominated by Bòrd na Gàidhlig. He is director of the Soillse Gaelic research centre at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye and part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. He has been re-appointed to March 31 next year.