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The BBC's Director General Tim Davie has been visiting the new Gaelic drama set at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle as the UK broadcaster's partnership with MG ALBA was renewed.

The BBC works in partnership with MG ALBA to deliver Gaelic language services in Scotland. The partnership supports Gaelic language, education, culture and communities through the provision of content aimed at audiences of all ages and stages of fluency, through skills development, employment and career opportunities, and by commissioning across the creative sector. 

Tim Davie met key figures in Gaelic broadcasting during a visit to Lewis and Harris and his visit included a tour of the set of crime drama An t-Eilean (The Island) in Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, where he met members of the production and cast of the series which is produced by BAFTA-winning Black Camel Pictures.

An t-Eilean is the biggest Gaelic drama series in BBC ALBA’s history and is being filmed in Lewis and Glasgow in addition to the main set in the castle.

Tim Davie also met with MG ALBA’s chair John Morrison and chief executive Donald Campbell to discuss the recent renewal of the partnership with the BBC.

Tim Davie said: "Our partnership has been vital to supporting Gaelic language media - developing great content and increasing opportunities across the creative sector in the Highlands and Islands and beyond.

"The renewal of the partnership will build on that great work, fostering greater collaboration that will impact positively on our Gaelic services and act as a catalyst for the production of a wide range of new content."

Donald Campbell, chief executive MG ALBA, said: "Our audiences are changing fast. Embracing change and working closely together is crucial to ensuring the vitality of Gaelic media provision in the face of these challenges. The road ahead may be demanding, but with our joint commitment, we can navigate it successfully and ensure a thriving future for Gaelic media."

The Director General also met with local independent media companies and stakeholders as well as spending time at the BBC’s Radio nan Gaidheal studio in Stornoway.

CAPTION - On the set of An t-Eilean (The Island)

From left, Bill MacLeod, Commissioning Editor, BBC ALBA; Tim Davie, BBC Director General; Nicholas Osborne, screenwriter/creator; Steve Carson, Director BBC Scotland; Kieran Parker, Producer, Director and Co-founder of Black Camel Pictures; John Morrison, Chair, MG ALBA

Front, from left: Arabella Page Croft, Producer, Director and co-founder, Black Camel Pictures; Tom Sullivan, Director; Donald Campbell, Chief Executive, MG ALBA