BBC ALBA 'great news' for Gaelic and Scotland

MSP for the Western Isles, Alasdair Allan, and Angus MacNeil, SNP MP for Na
h-Eileanan an Iar, have both welcomed the launch of BBC Alba
today.

Commenting Mr Allan said:

"This is a great day for Gaelic
and for Scottish broadcasting.  

"Gaelic is only going to survive it is
used in the widest possible range of settings, and  this new channel, which has
been given significant backing from the Scottish government has the potential to
do just that.

"It will bring Gaelic to Scotland as a whole, boost the
broadcasting sector in Scotland and act as a real confidence boost for the
language at a critical point  in the language's history. It will also show that
a Scottish Six is perfectly feasible.

"The channel promises  programmes
of real quality and the next campaign must surely be to get BBC Trust to put the
channel on freeview."

Speaking from Cambodia, where he is currently on a
two week volunteer placement with Voluntary Service Overseas, Mr MacNeil
said:

"This is great news for Gaelic speakers and for Gaelic
broadcasting.

"Not only will BBC Alba boost the Gaelic broadcasting
sector greatly, it will also provide a window into the Gaelic speaking world for
viewers far and wide.

"Equally welcome is the channel's evening news
programme - a dedicated Scottish , UK and international news  for Scotland  at
long last.

"This will show that bringing viewers in Scotland national
and international news from a uniquely Scottish perspective is easily done."