We have received the following information from ROA member Hamish Taylor concerning the broadcasting of a programme of interest to Radio Officers. The channel is BBC Alba whose target audience is Gaelic speakers in Scotland and the programme will be predominantly in Gaelic but with sub titles.
I’ve just had confirmation that our programme will be aired within the Trusadh series on BBC Alba on Monday 3rd. March from 2100 to 2200 and repeated the following evening, Tuesday, 4th. March from 2200 to 2300.
For those of you who might not be familiar with BBC Alba, I repeat the following details :
BBC Alba is available throughout the UK on the following channels :
Sky Channel 143,
Freesat Channel 110,
Cable through Virgin Media Channel 161
On-Line through BBC iPlayer.
It is also available on Freeview Channel 8 in Scotland only.
Alba is on air from 1700 to about midnight. At other times of the day the channel broadcasts the radio programmes going out on Radio nan Gaidheal.
I’ve already seen a post-editing, pre-presenter voice-over version of the program and I think it’s fine, although perhaps it focuses a bit more on the use of Morse Code than on the broader and deeper role of the R/O. However, irrespective of how much filming is done, (and we must have done more than 10 hours!), all documentaries are edited to hold the interest of the viewing general public, and I think this one will achieve that quite well. If one of us was editing it, the programme would be very different, but possibly less meaningful to anyone except ex R/Os. Whatever verdict we might come up with, I would suggest we are quite lucky that MacTV took it on – I suspect it would really be that or nothing, and at our age, we possibly couldn’t afford to wait much longer.
I’ve already approached the editor of “Back-in-the-Day” to put a substantial article in, possibly for the April or May edition – or it may even stretch to a series of two, and he has whole-heartedly agreed to take it.
Hope you enjoy the programme.