Media Release: MG ALBA welcomes additional £1 million investment for Gaelic broadcasting

Maggie Cunningham

MG ALBA has welcomed confirmation of an extra £1 million to be made available for BBC ALBA’s budget from 2015-16.

The funding increase, announced as part of the UK Government’s Spending Round this week, will be provided to MG ALBA to spend on the channel which it operates in a unique partnership with the BBC. This additional expenditure will take the channel’s budget to approximately £15 million per annum.

Maggie Cunningham, chair of MG ALBA, said: “The news of extra funding for BBC ALBA comes as a welcome boost for the channel as it approaches its fifth anniversary.

“BBC ALBA has been a great success since 2008 and following its move onto Freeview two years ago, it has cemented its place as a vital part of Scottish broadcasting.

“The challenge now is to keep developing new and innovative forms of programme-making and ensure that BBC ALBA viewers, who have been so loyal to the channel, have continually interesting content to keep them engaged.

“BBC ALBA has received magnificent support from across the political spectrum since its inception and we thank the Chief Secretary to the Treasury for this additional commitment as well as the continuing support of the Scottish and UK Governments in helping us make the channel the success it has become.”


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MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig (Gaelic Media Service). MG ALBA works in partnership with the BBC to deliver BBC ALBA. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at

BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms:

  • Sky 143 (UK)
  • Freeview / You View 8 (Scotland only)
  • Virgin Media 188 (UK)
  • Freesat 110 (UK)
  • BT Vision 8 (Scotland only)
  • Smallworld 170 (Ayrshire and North West England)
  • Live on BBC iPlayer (UK)
  • Ten hours of content per week available to view on demand via the BBC PC iPlayer and the BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media

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