BBC ALBA Gaelic Digital Service


    From June 8th 2011 BBC ALBA will be made available on Freeview channel 8, which will now allow every household across Scotland to have access to the Gaelic television channel.

    Freeview channel 8 allows a simple one button request for viewers to enjoy the variety of high quality Scottish programming on BBC ALBA.

    On 18th May this year, BBC ALBA also launched on Virgin Media's Cable channel 188.

    BBC ALBA is now available on the following platforms:

    - Freeview channel 8 (from 8th June 2011)

    - Virgin Media channel 188

    - Sky channel 168

    - Freesat channel 110

    - Live on BBC iPlayer

    - 10 hours of content per week is also available to view on-demand via the BBC PC iPlayer and the BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media's Cable.

    Since its inception in September 2008, BBC ALBA has been successful in attracting both Gaelic and non-Gaelic viewers through its unique range of programming. Documentaries, music and sports programmes are the most popular genres on the channel which also offers a popular daily schedule of children's programmes as well as local, national and international news and current affairs.

    The future schedule of programmes continues to build on the current success of key strands on the channel including the Trusadh and Soillse documentary series, the popular Horo-Gheallaidh Celtic music show, and the teenage reality show Breab, as well as long standing Gaelic brands such as Eòrpa.

    Exclusive coverage of top music and cultural festivals will include: RockNess, Celtic Connections, National Mòd & Piping Live.

    A comprehensive sports package will provide:

    - As-live SPL action throughout the new season

    - Live and exclusive broadcast of the Emirates Junior Cup Final 2011

    - Magners League final match 2011 - Leinster v Munster

    - Magners League Professional rugby - coverage of select Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh matches during the 2011/12 season

    BBC ALBA has made a very positive contribution to Scottish broadcasting and the country's creative industries with the channel's programmes being produced by a range of independent production companies based across Scotland as well as from the BBC and STV.

    The channel also plays a key role in promoting the Gaelic language as well as supporting language learning through broadcasting programmes for learners and those interested in Gaelic language and culture.

    BBC ALBA is run by MG ALBA in partnership with the BBC. MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Media Service. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at www.mgalba.com or visit www.bbcalba.co.uk for scheduling and programme information.


    A digital TV channel broadcasting Gaelic programmes daily

    Programming includes news, Scottish sport, music, factual, children’s and entertainment programmes.

  • BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

    The national Gaelic radio station from the BBC

    Broadcast on radio in Scotland, streamed live and available on-demand at bbc.co.uk/radionangaidheal and as the sustaining service on digital TV when the BBC ALBA TV channel is off-air.

  • BBC ALBA Online

    Online Gaelic content from bbcalba.co.uk:

    bbc.co.uk/bbcalba – Gaelic digital TV channel information website

    bbc.co.uk/radionangaidheal – Radio nan Gàidheal website

    bbcalba.co.uk – Online news, weather, learning resources, vocabulary translator and youth pages.

  • FAQs

    Answers to further Frequently Asked Questions regarding the BBC ALBA channel can be found on the MG ALBA website.

  • BBC MG ALBA Partnership

    Meadhanan Gàidhlig Alba (Gaelic Media Scotland) and the BBC are working in partnership to deliver the new Gaelic digital television service. The partnership operates at both a corporate and an operational level with staff from both organisations working to deliver the new service. BBC ALBA's Head of Service is Margaret Mary Murray (a BBC employee) working with MG ALBA's Head of Content, Alan Esslemont. BBC ALBA has no formal headquarters. Its staff and operation are based across Scotland, in Stornoway, Inverness and Glasgow.

    MG ALBA is the organisation responsible for ensuring that a diverse range of high quality programmes in Gaelic are made available to people in Scotland by funding, commissioning or producing for television, radio, online and new media and by engaging in training, development and audience research. Programmes for BBC ALBA are produced by the independent sector, the BBC and STV.

    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

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