Media release: Success for BBC ALBA at Royal Television Society Scotland’s awards ceremony


BBC ALBA productions have been recognised at the Royal Television Society Scotland’s
annual awards ceremony this week, after securing nominations across the festival

Eòrpa, BBC ALBA’s flagship European current affairs programme secured an award in the News and Current Affairs for its enlightening instalment examining the Highlands’
involvement in the slave trade.

Produced by BBC Scotland Productions, the programme brought historical testimonies
to light, and helped to unveil some of the realities around Scotland’s involvement
in the Atlantic slave trade.

Eòrpa presenter, journalist and historian, Ruairidh MacIver, said: “This programme was
a team effort and I’m very thankful to RTS Scotland for recognising our work in this

“I’d like to thank the historians, such as David Alston and Iain Mackinnon, who were so generous with their time and research. Particular thanks to Graham Campbell, Karrie Prescott, Jack Shehata and Philomena de Lima, who helped us understand the
impact the legacy slavery still has today.”

Also recognised by the Royal Television Society was purpleTV’s sports documentary, Na
Boireannaich a Thog Glasgow City/The Women Who Built Glasgow City, looking at the
story behind the founding and early success of Glasgow City FC.

Margot McCuaig, director at purpleTV, said: “I am utterly thrilled that The Women Who
Built Glasgow City has secured this award. Whilst it’s personally rewarding, it is
also an important message affirming that women’s stories matter.

Women’s voices have been marginalised for too long and this documentary, telling the
remarkable story of Laura Montgomery and Cas Stewart, is evidence of the central
role women in sport have played, and continue to play, in Scottish culture and
society. It is an absolute privilege to have amplified their voices for BBC ALBA

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