Gaelic TV channel given launch date

A NEW, digital TV channel dedicated to Gaelic-language programming has been given its launch date.

The station – a partnership between the BBC and Scottish Government-funded MG ALBA – is to go on air from the 19th of next month – at 9pm.

Welcoming the news, MG ALBA chair, Alasdair Morrison, said: “The launch of BBC ALBA is a wonderful milestone for broadcasting.

“The most important priority for MG ALBA is that viewers and listeners receive high quality television, radio and online services, and I’m delighted that we are establishing this new service through the historic collaboration between MG ALBA and the BBC.”

Added BBC Scotland controller, Ken MacQuarrie: “The launch of a new channel is always an exciting time for any broadcaster and I’m delighted that the partnership between BBC and MG ALBA has resulted in this happening right here in Scotland.

“The launch next month of BBC ALBA is the realisation of a long-held ambition of the Gaelic community and an achievement for those who worked so hard to bring it about.

“BBC ALBA will offer a new and enhanced service to the Gaelic audience and will also reach out to the wider Scottish audience by offering a range of attractive and compelling programmes.”

The first night will include a new drama starring Greg Hemphill and a live, music concert from the Isle of Skye.