Shape of Gaelic broadcasting up for discussion

TV programme makers are being invited to take part in an ‘e-conversation’ about the shape of a new Gaelic language TV channel.

The channel, being proposed by the BBC and the Scottish Executive-funded Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gaidhlig (Gaelic Media Service), is currently being ‘public value tested’ by the BBC Trust and is also the subject of a market impact assessment by broadcasting regulators, Ofcom.

But assuming it gets the go-ahead, the channel is expected to be up and running in March.

Starting tomorrow, an online discussion launches on what the channel – plus radio and online spin-offs – should be aiming to achieve.

Says Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gaidhlig: “This will be an opportunity for those working in Scotland’s creative industries, including programme producers, writers, directors and designers, to shape the new digital television, radio and online service.

“Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gaidhlig is eager to engage with people from all sectors and to broaden the discussion on the service’s format, content and future strategy.”