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6 December 2019

BBC ALBA hosts 11 international broadcast partners

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) visit BBC ALBA

BBC ALBA this week hosted broadcasters from around the world as part of a European Broadcasting Union (EBU) event screening new children’s drama and documentaries.

The BBC, which operates BBC ALBA in partnership with MG ALBA, has been a long-time partner with the EBU, which brought the 11 different nations to the BBC in Glasgow.

Within the scheme, broadcasters are required to make 15-minute programmes all set to a common theme and which are directed specifically for ease of international versioning. The partners are then freely allowed to broadcast the other nations’ selection on their own platforms.

The drama programmes all followed the common theme of “Tell me a Secret”, whilst the documentary programmes were inspired by the phrase “I can do it”.

Broadcasters visited from Spain, Germany, Japan, Finland, Serbia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Ireland.

MG ALBA’s Commissioning Editor, Bill MacLeod, chaired the proceedings over the two days. Bill said:

“It’s been great having our international partners here at our Glasgow base, exchanging ideas and perspectives. It’s a really creative forum that produces the very best international films for children, something which is hugely important for BBC ALBA and for children who want excellent Gaelic programming.

“Creating children’s content like this can be so universally relatable and appealing. Whether in Gaelic, German or Japanese, children will understand and appreciate the themes and messages in each of these stories.”

BBC ALBA have taken part in the drama scheme for the past three years and last year’s selection Buidheagain, by Sorbier Productions, won Best Children’s Programme at the RTS Scotland awards.

Rùn / Private Pet, this year’s Gaelic drama, is a quirky comedy about listening and learning, in which a mischievous deaf boy’s world is transformed thanks to a four-legged friend who becomes the "ears" he never had.

This year, BBC ALBA are newly entering the children’s documentary scheme with Balach aig a’ Mhullach / Boy at the Top, a breath-taking documentary charting a boy’s attempt to climb the equivalent of Everest – mountain by mountain!

Glasgow-based production company Sorbier Productions were successful with both these commissions and recently announced extra funding from the BFI’s Young Audience Content Fund.

Patsi MacKenzie, director of Sorbier Productions, said:

“Working with partners across Europe has been a hugely enriching experience as a producer as well as for Sorbier and our freelance colleagues. The whole process is collaborative throughout, and we’re thrilled to be at the heart of such a diverse, multi-lingual film scheme.”

Phillis Fermer, Executive Producer on the children’s documentary series of the EBU said:

“It was a fabulous year working with our colleagues from all around Europe and Japan on the documentaries and we’ve delivered 10 very strong yet different films. The protagonists of our documentaries are from different countries, cultures and social backgrounds, but what they all have in common is that they are children around the same age all facing their own personal challenges and fighting to manage them. The films are emotional and informative and show the audience in each broadcasting country that we are one world.”

Beryl Richards, Executive Producer on the children’s drama series of the EBU, said:

"It’s wonderful to see the coming together of different nationalities at our drama series meetings, and it makes me realise that we all speak and understand the same creative language. And with this shared understanding we make better and better films.

6 Dùbhlachd 2019

11 Craoladairean Eadar-Nàiseanta a’ tadhal air BBC ALBA

Aonadh Craolaidh na h-Eòrpa (EBU)

Tha BBC ALBA an t-seachdain seo air a bhith a’ cur fàilte air craoladairean bho air feadh an t-saoghail airson tachartas taisbeanadh phrògraman chloinne ùra dràma agus aithriseach airson Aonadh Craolaidh na h-Eòrpa (EBU).

Tha am BBC, a tha a’ ruith BBC ALBA ann an co-bhanntachd le MG ALBA, air a bhith na chom-pàirtiche leis an EBU airson iomadh bliadhna, agus ’s e an EBU a thug na 11 craoladairean eile chun a’ BhBC ann an Glaschu.

San sgeama, feumaidh na craoladairean prògraman 15 mionaid de dh’fhaid a chruthachadh, uile mu dheidhinn an aon chuspair agus air an dèanamh ann an dòigh a tha furasta airson tionndadh eadar-nàiseanta a dhèanamh. Tha na com-pàirtichean an uair sin ceadaichte prògraman nan dùthchannan eile a chleachdadh air na seanailean aca fhèin.

Tha na prògraman dràma uile a’ leantainn a chuspair “innis dhomh rudeigin dìomhair” agus na prògraman aithriseach a’ leantainn “’S urrainn dhomh a dhèanamh”.

Tha craoladairean a’ tighinn bhon Spàinn, A’ Ghearmailt, Iapan, Fionnlainn, Serbia, a’ Phortagail, Poblach na Seic, Slobhinia, Bulgàiria, Croatia agus Èirinn.

Bha Deasaiche Coimiseanaidh MG ALBA, Uilleam MacLeòid, sa chathair thairis air an dà là. Thuirt Uilleam:

“Tha e sgoinneil gu bheil ar com-pàirtichean eadar-nàiseanta air a bhith còmhla rinn an seo ann an Glaschu, ag iomlaid bheachdan agus seallaidhean. ‘S e fòram cruthachail a th’ ann a tha cruthachadh nam filmichean eadar-nàiseanta as fheàrr airson clann, rudeigin a tha uabhasach cudromach do BhBC ALBA agus airson clann a tha ag iarraidh stuthan Gàidhlig aig àrd-ìre.

“’S urrainn susbaint chloinne mar seo a bhith cho tarraingeach air feadh an t-saoghail. Ge bith gur ann ann an Gàidhlig, Gearmailtis no Iapanais a tha e, tuigidh clann na teachdaireachdan agus na cuspairean anns gach sgeulachd.”

Tha BBC ALBA air pàirt a ghabhail san sgeama dràma airson trì bliadhna mar-thà agus an-uiridh, choisinn am prògram Buidheagain, le Sorbier Production, an duais airson prògram chloinne as fheàrr aig duaisean RTS Scotland am-bliadhna.

’S e Rùn dràma na bliadhna-sa, comadaidh mu dheidhinn a bhith ag èisteachd agus ag ionnsachadh. Thathas a’ faicinn mar a tha saoghal balach òg, bodhar a’ sìor atharrachadh ri linn caraid ceithir-chasach a tha mar na cluasan nach robh a-riamh aige.

Am bliadhna, tha BBC ALBA san sgeama airson prògraman aithriseach airson a’ chiad turas le Balach aig a’ Mhullach, far a bheil balach a’ feuchainn ri fearann a tha co-ionann ri Everest a shreap, beinn an dèidh beinn!

Bha Sorbier Productions, companaidh riochdachaidh stèidhichte ann an Glaschu, soirbheachail leis an dà choimisean seo agus o chionn ghoirid dh’ainmich iad gun d’ fhuair iad maoineachadh a bharrachd bho Young Audience Content Fund am BFI.

Thuirt Patsi NicChoinnich, Stùiriche Sorbier Productions:

“Tha e air a bhith cho feumail dhomhsa mar riochdaire agus cuideachd airson Sorbier agus na tha ag obair còmhla rinn gu bheil sinn air a bhith ag obair le com-pàirtichean bho air feadh na Roinn Eòrpa. Tha am pròiseas air fad air a bhith cho co-obrachail agus tha sinn cho toilichte gu bheil sinn an lùib sgeama a tha cho eadar-mheasgte agus ioma-chànanach.”

Thuirt Phillis Fermer, Àrd Riochdaire air sreath aithriseach cloinne an EBU:

“’S e bliadhna mhìorbhaileach a bh’ ann ag obair air na prògraman aithriseach le air com-pàirtichean bho air feadh na Roinn Eòrpa agus Iapan agus tha sinn air 10 film làidir ach eadar-dhealaichte a chruthachadh. Tha na prìomh charactaran bho na prògraman aithriseach againn bho diofar dhùthchannan, bho chultaran agus dòighean-beatha eadar-dhealaichte ach an aon rud gan ceangal ri chèile ’s e gu bheil a’ chlann faisg air an aon aois agus a’ strì an aghaidh dùbhlain phearsanta san aon dòigh. Tha na filmichean faireachail, fiosrachail agus sealltainn dhan luchd-amhairc anns gach dùthaich gu bheil sinn uile coltach ri chèile.”

Thuirt Beryl Richards, Àrd Riochdaire sreath dràma na cloinne an EBU:

“Tha e cho snog a bhith faicinn nan diofar nàiseanan a’ tighinn còmhla aig coinneamhan an t-sreath dràma againn agus tha mi mothachail gu bheil sinn uile a’ bruidhinn agus a’ tuigsinn an aon chànan cruthachail. Agus leis an tuigse cho-roinnte seo, bithidh filmichean nas fheàrr agus nas fheàrr againn.


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