BBC in line for 12 media awards
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.