Scotland’s Gaelic media service has been awarded £500,000 from the Scottish Government’s
Gaelic capital fund.
MG ALBA will use the investment to redevelop the Seaforth Road Studio in Stornoway
to provide improved facilities for programming which will be used to increase training
in creative digital media, learning, arts and cultural heritage.
Funding will enable MG ALBA, which operates BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC,
to develop a training programme for young people with an interest in working in the
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:“As well as supporting this government’s
aims for the Gaelic language, the funding will bring economic benefits for the Isle
of Lewis and create opportunities for young people interested in a career in the
“It also recognises the important role of arts and media in promoting Gaelic as a
living language used by people every day.”
Chair of MG ALBA Maggie Cunningham said: “The Gaelic television industry continues
to be an impressive economic driver in the Highlands and Islands and this funding
will enable further great content and will help facilitate development in skills,
training and facilities within the media sector.”