Media Awards: Celtic Media Awards

BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal has been named Radio Station of the Year at the 36th Celtic Media Festival – a three-day celebration of film, television, radio and digital media from the Celtic ‘nations and regions’ – which culminated in Inverness on Friday night.

The evening saw the handing out of gala awards, the conclusion to three, day-by-day awards, which had seen Scots entries among the winners.

Said the award organisers of BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal: “The station delivers a comprehensive speech and music service for Gaelic speakers, covering a wide range of genres.”

And Marion MacKinnon, of the BBC Gaelic Language Service, was quoted, as saying: “This award is in recognition of our community, of the people who deliver BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal and the people who listen to BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal across the world.

“It’s recognition for a team that are really dedicated and talented, and to win an award is an opportunity for us to say thank you very much to our audience and our teams.

“For us as a Gaelic language service, it’s just so important that you’re measured on the same basis as every other station, and to be in competition with nine stations and to come out winning is a great privilege.”

The final winners list read as follows…

Gala award winners:

Category – winner – country – production company/broadcaster

Radio station of the year – BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal – Scotland  – BBC Radio Scotland

Drama series – Love/Hate  – Ireland – RTÉ/Octagon Films Ltd

Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation – Prosiect iBeacons Oriel Plas-Glyn-y-Weddw – Wales – Cwmni Da

Factual single – Close to Evil – Ireland – RTÉ/Praxis Pictures

Spirit of the Festival Award – Páidí ó Sé – Rí an Pharóiste – Ireland – TG4/Magamedia

Day one winners:

Arts – Dolores Keane: A Storm in the Heart – Ireland – RTÉ/Scratch Films Ltd

Animation – The Hunchback in the Park – Wales – BBC Cymru Wales

Children’s – Katie Morag – Scotland – Move on Up

Entertainment – Dim Byd – Wales – S4C/Cwmni Da

Sport – Arkle – Ireland – TG4/Touchline Media

Best app – Seamus Heaney: Five Fables – Ireland – Flickerpix / Touch Press

Day two winners:

Feature-length drama – Patrick’s Day – Ireland – Ignition Film Productions

Factual entertainment – Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience – Wales – BBC Wales/Zipline Creative

Short drama – Sínte – Ireland – Síol Scéal

Current affairs – The Disappeared – Ireland – BBC NI/RTÉ/Erica Starling Productions

Young people – Being Sixteen in 2014 – Scotland – BBC Scotland

Day three winners:

Radio documentary – Call of the Dark – Ireland – RTÉ Radio 1

Sports programme – Documentary on One, Never Knocked Down – Ireland – RTÉ Radio 1

Factual series – The Quest for Bannockburn – Scotland – BBC Scotland

Radio music programme – Another Country – Scotland – BBC Radio Scotland

Radio presenter/personality – Michelle Nic Grianna – Ireland – RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta