Contact: Iseabail MactaggartRegion: Scotland

Title: Director of Strategy and Partnerships
Genre: All
Region: Scotland

About Channel

BBC ALBA is a BBC licensed television launched in 2011 and is service managed in partnership by MG ALBA and the BBC.

Delivering both Gaelic and non-Gaelic programming, BBC Alba’s most popular genres are documentaries, music and sports programmes. They have a diverse daily schedule of children's programmes is broadcast as well as local, national and international news and current affairs content. Programmes are produced by a range of independent production companies based across Scotland as well as from the BBC and STV.

Programme Interests

Since BBC ALBA went on-air on 19 September 2008, MG ALBA’s priority continues to be to run and to grow the channel in partnership with the BBC.

Teamwork and partnership are at the heart of what we do and along with our partners we strive to ensure that Gaelic is heard and used frequently and freely in the media and in Scotland’s social and cultural life. We believe that learners and native speakers have immense talent and through initiatives such as FilmG and we will continue to encourage and create opportunities.

MG ALBA is funded by the Scottish Government and regulated by Ofcom. We are based in Stornoway with a presence in Inverness and Glasgow. Our promise is to inspire and encourage through Media and Gaelic. 



MG ALBA launched FilmG in 2008 with the aim of uncovering new talent for development for BBC ALBA. FilmG is MG ALBA's Gaelic short film competition.

Read the FilmG impact assessment here

Visit the FilmG website where you can subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date.

FilmG is being managed by Cànan, the creative media, language resource and design company based at FÀS on the Isle of Skye.

Looking For

2017/18 Draft date for Winter Commissioning Round

Commissioning Round Winter – 2017/18

Draft deadline for programme ideas – January 16, 2018 at 1pm. 

Draft deadline for MG ALBA/BBC partnership decisions – February 16, 2018.

Details of this commissioning round will be published closer to the draft date. The MG ALBA/BBC partnership will accept ‘time-perishable’ programme ideas at any time and endeavour to return commissioning decisions on them without undue delay.

Any questions on anything contained in this commissioning round should be addressed to Donna Graham at  

BBC ALBA serves Gaelic speakers and learners throughout the UK and provides a range of high quality home produced programmes appealing to audiences across Scotland. Co-managed by MG ALBA, BBC ALBA is the first BBC licensed service to be run within a partnership framework and broadcasts over 600 hours of original programming every year to a weekly audience of around half a million.

BBC ALBA broadcasts daily from 5pm until late and is available on Freeview / You View 7 (Scotland), on Virgin Media 161 (Scotland) on Sky 142 (UK), Freesat 109 (UK) and live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer (UK). Programmes for BBC ALBA are commissioned from a range of independent production companies as well as the two broadcasters, STV and BBC and include news, documentary, drama, current affairs, religion, entertainment and lifestyle, music, children, youth, learning and sport.


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MG ALBA (the Gaelic Media Service) has announced the appointment of Iseabail Mactaggart to the post of director of Development and Partnership.

The new role is aimed at strengthening the commercial and creative impact of the Gaelic media production sector.

Ms MacTaggart, from Islay, was until recently the Member for Scotland on the Content Board of Ofcom and takes up her post with MG ALBA with immediate effect.

Iseabail began her broadcast career at BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, before moving to London where she progressed latterly to become part of the senior editorial team on BBC Radio 5 live’s Breakfast programme in London.

She then moved into a communications role in the private sector for one of the world’s top ten single malts, Bowmore, and going on to take further senior roles within the company.

Since then, in addition to her Ofcom role, other public appointments have included membership of the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.