BBC Gàidhlig

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BBC Gàidhlig
BBC Alba HQ within the BBC Scotland (Pacific Quay building in Glasgow
Headquarters Pacific Quay, Glasgow
(previously Queen Margaret Drive)
Broadcast area Scotland
TV stations BBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
BBC Alba
Launched 1985
Radio stations
in this area
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

BBC Gàidhlig is the department of BBC Scotland that produces Scottish Gaelic-language (Gàidhlig) programming. This includes TV programmes for BBC Alba and BBC Two Scotland, the BBC Radio nan Gàidheal radio station and the BBC Alba website. Its managing editor is Marion MacKinnon.[1]


The department is responsible for Gaelic programming for television from the BBC. BBC Gàidhlig produces a number of programmes for the Gaelic-language television channel, BBC Alba, which is a joint venture between the BBC and MG Alba.[2] Currently, BBC Gàidhlig programmes also air on BBC Two Scotland.

Some of BBC Gàidhlig's more notable programming includes the international issues magazine Eòrpa (Europe), children's programme Dè a-nis? (What Now?) and comedy sketch show Air ais air an Ràn Dàn (Back on the Ran Dan). Dè a-nis? won the department an award at the Celtic Media Festival in 2009.[1]

BBC Gaidhlig also produces programming to cover the Royal National Mod. For instance, during the National Mod in Caithness in 2010, BBC Gaidhlig produced daily programmes to cover the event, which were aired and repeated on BBC Alba, as well as being repeated on BBC Two Scotland.[3]


BBC Gàidhlig is also responsible for the national Scottish Gaelic radio station BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. The station broadcasts across Scotland on FM, DAB digital radio, digital television and online.


In July 2008, the BBC Alba website launched an extended news service to tie in with the launch of the digital television channel.[4] Programmes from BBC Alba and Radio nan Gaidheal are also available online on BBC iPlayer.

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  1. ^ a b BBC Alba scoop award on final day of Celtic Media Festival from the website of Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Published 30 March 2009 and retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ "BBC Alba to be broadcast on Freeview for first time". Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  3. ^ Mòd air BBC ALBA from, the website of the Royal National Mod. Published 5 October 2010 and retrieved 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Extension to Gaelic news on web". 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 

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