House of Commons
BBC ALBA - 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
EDM #1644
Tabled 09 October 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House celebrates the 10th year anniversary of Gaelic programme BBC Alba; thanks the work of Gaelic media services, rebranded as MG Alba, and BBC Scotland who jointly operate the channel through partial funding from the Scottish and UK Governments; acknowledges that over £160 million worth of funding has made the service possible and has widened the reach of the Gaelic language; further acknowledges that this reach will increase further through the recent partnership agreement with TG 4 ROI, S4C Wales and the Northern Ireland Screen Irish Language Broadcast Fund; welcomes news that a new, ambitious package of programming will see the Gaelic station produce a seven-day news service for the first time with current affairs programme An Lá now being broadcast at weekends; further welcomes that this package of programming will also see BBC Alba screen all of Scotland's 2019 Women's World Cup matches live after Shelley Kerr's side reached its first-ever finals; and recognises the vast contribution that BBC Alba makes to promoting the Gaelic language through quality programming.

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