Media Release: BBC ALBA charts the story of award-winning community newspaper, Am Pàipear

BBC ALBA - Am Paipear Over the Years

Trusadh – Am Pàipear/The News of the Southern Isles

BBC ALBA – Monday 8 August 9.00 – 10.00pm

IT was a newspaper that was started with the aim of giving a voice to the community.

Now, four decades on, BBC ALBA examines the story of Am Pàipear, which has moved from humble beginnings to become an acclaimed, award-winning title in an ever-changing media landscape.

In this latest edition of Trusadh, as well as telling the story of how it all began in South Uist in 1976, we meet those who have contributed and played a part in the paper’s life up to the present day.

As Am Pàipear celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back at how instrumental the title has been in highlighting key issues that have impacted the community over the decades.

Trusadh looks at how Am Pàipear has reflected the changing community view in relation to many major events, including the influx of military presence, changes in education and health provision, and matters pertaining to the land and environment – all while maintaining a unique island humour in its perspective.

Amongst those who contribute to the programme are Jean Branagan, Mike Russell, Ruaraidh ‘Poker’ Macdonald, Andrew McMorrine, Archie MacKay, Floraidh MacLean, Helen Forbes, Wilma Duncan, Father Colin MacInnes, Ena MacDonald, Christine MacIntyre, Ronald MacInnes and current Am Pàipear editor, Iain Stephen Morrison.

Narrated by Angela MacEachan, Trusadh – Am Pàipear/The News of the Southern Isles is a fascinating look at how a much-loved newspaper has progressed over 40 years.

Trusadh – Am Pàipear/The News of the Southern Isles, produced for BBC ALBA by MacTV, will be shown on the channel on Monday, August 8 from 9.00pm until 10.00pm.


For further information please contact Lorna Gardner or Gary McQueen at Media House on 0141 220 6040 or email /

Notes to editors:

BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms:

  • Sky 142
  • Freeview / You View 7 (Scotland only)
  • Virgin Media 161 (UK)
  • Freesat 109 (UK)
  • BBC iPlayer

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