BBC in line for 12 me­dia awards

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

BBC ALBA and BBC Ra­dio nan Gaid­heal have re­ceived nom­i­na­tions in this year’s Celtic Me­dia Fes­ti­val awards.

Among the BBC ALBA nom­i­na­tions were Hamish, a doc­u­men­tary film about the renowned Scottish cul­tural icon Hamish Hen­der­son – poet, sol­dier, in­tel­lec­tual, ac­tivist, song­writer and lead­ing force in the re­vival of Scottish folk mu­sic – and Jimmy

John­stone, a film telling the highs and lows of an un­for­get­table work­ing- class Celtic and Scot­land foot­balling great a decade on from his death at the age of 61 as a re­sult of mo­tor neu­rone disease.

BBC Ra­dio nan Gàid­heal has been nom­i­nated for sta­tion of the year, while pro­grammes in­clud­ing Mac ‘Ille Mhicheil and Spòrs na Seach­dain are short­listed for awards.

Don­ald Camp­bell, MG ALBA chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘Pitched against some fan­tas­tic pro­duc­tions from across the Celtic re­gions and na­tions, it is pleas­ing to once again see Gaelic me­dia recog­nised at the fore­front of the cre­ative sec­tor.’

The BBC ALBA pro­grammes which have been short­listed in 2017 in­clude Port – a ‘land­mark mu­sic se­ries chart­ing the mu­si­cal land­scapes of Ire­land and Scot­land’, with TG4 and BBC ALBA au­di­ences ac­com­pa­ny­ing Julie Fowlis and Muire­ann Nic Amh­laoibh to bustling ur­ban cen­tres and sleepy town­ships to record a cast of mu­si­cians, racon­teurs and char­ac­ters.

Doc­u­men­taries also fea­ture in the short­list, in­clud­ing An Lot, in which ‘a Lewis crofter tries to make a go of croft­ing full-time’.

The Celtic Me­dia Fes­ti­val kicked off yes­ter­day (Wednesday May 3) and runs un­til to­mor­row (Fri­day May 5) this year and will be hosted in Dou­glas on the Isle on Man.

Jack John­stone who plays Celtic le­gend Jimmy John­stone.

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