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13 June 2019

BBC ALBA win record haul at RTS Scotland awards

BBC ALBA RTS awards

BBC ALBA created the story of the night at the Royal Television Society Scotland Awards 2019 by receiving four awards.

Winning the major prizes in Comedy, Children’s and Sports programming, BBC ALBA was recognised for the quality of its programming across its 10th anniversary year.

BBC ALBA’s technical and craft excellence was also celebrated with a win for Daibhidh Martin of MacTV in the Professional Excellence: Camera category for his outstanding work on Sùlaisgeir: An t-Sealg.

BBC ALBA’s Head of Service Margaret Mary Murray said: “We are thrilled to receive these awards as they further highlight the skill and creative ingenuity of our producers. All our winners and nominees are superb examples of the fantastic work production companies who supply BBC ALBA achieved not only across the past very special year, but in the past decade.”

FUNC, the daring comedy sketch show, was an instant audience hit on BBC ALBA and across social media in 2018. Michael Hines creator of FUNC, commented: “I’m extremely proud to have won. We have a wonderful young cast, great crew and some brilliant writing. There aren’t many channels that show so much trust in programme-makers and so much commitment to up-and-coming talent and I think the show reflects that trust and we can’t wait to bring out FUNC series 2 later this year!”

Children’s drama, Buidheagain from Sorbier Productions was competing against large-scale productions from CBBC in what was BBC ALBA’s debut nomination in the category. The programme, created as part of a scheme by the European Broadcasting Union was directed by former River City star Tony Kearney and told the story of a young traveller girl’s campaign to make a farm her home.

Patsi MacKenzie, director of Sorbier Productions and writer of Buidheagain, said: “This is great for Sorbier and for what we’re trying to do with BBC ALBA. We’re creating programmes that are perfect for our Gaelic-speaking audiences but also that can be easily versioned for our European partners and this award is proof that it’s working!”

PurpleTV celebrated a hat-trick of RTS Scotland Awards with the success of their Tommy Burns documentary, matching the achievement of Purple’s films on Jim Baxter and Jock Stein.

Director, Margot McCuaig: “I would love to thank Tommy’s family for sharing their story with us. BBC ALBA has a track record for commissioning honest and emotional stories and it is an honour to have been part of that journey as well as winning RTS Scotland Awards over the past few years.”

Sùlaisgeir: An t-Sealg (The Hunt) from MacTV received three nominations in this year’s awards. It was short listed in the Science and Natural History category; Neil Campbell was shortlisted in the Director Category and Daibhidh Martin went on to win the award for Professional Excellence: Camera – a first for BBC ALBA at the RTS Scotland awards. This documentary has already seen success in the past year with a prize at the Chicago International Television Festival and was shortlisted for the globally prestigious Grierson award.

Winning Camera operator Daibhidh Martin paid tribute to his director, Neil Campbell, who was also nominated for an RTS Scotland award: “It was thanks to Neil that we gained access to film on Sùlasgeir. I’d also like to thank the men for trusting us to tell their story. Neil and I had to truly embed ourselves with the guga hunt, and we had to go the extra mile to bring this programme to the screen – not only while we were on the island but in the months beforehand. I’m really delighted that the programme has been received so well.”

The RTS Scotland Awards 2019 took place at The Old Fruitmarket venue in Glasgow on Wednesday, 12 June, 2019 and the awards were hosted by Jennifer Reoch and Des Clarke.

13 Ògmhios 2019

Ceithir prògraman BBC ALBA air buannachadh aig Duaisean RTS Scotland

BBC ALBA RTS awards

’S ann aig BBC ALBA a bha sgeulachd na h-oidhche aig duaisean Royal Television Society (RTS) 2019 agus ceithir duaisean air am buannachadh.

A’ cosnadh duaisean ann an roinnean Comadaidh, Clann agus Spòrs, chaidh BBC ALBA aithneachadh airson nan sàr phrògraman tha ri fhaighinn air an t-seanail, ‘s iad a’ comharrachadh 10 bliadhna air an èadhar.

Chaidh ìrean àrda sgilean ciùird, ann am prògraman BBC ALBA, aithneachadh cuideachd leis an duais a choisinn Daibhidh Màrtainn, bho MacTV, mar neach-camara proifeasanta airson a chuid obrach air Sùlaisgeir: An t-Sealg.

Thuirt Ceannard Seirbheis BBC ALBA, Mairead Màiri Mhoireach: “Tha sinn fìor thoilichte na duaisean chliùiteach seo a chosnadh. Tha e na urram dhuinn aithne mar seo fhaighinn agus tha e a’ dearbhadh sàr obair ar companaidhean riochdachaidh. Tha na buanaichean gu lèir agus iadsan a chaidh ainmeachadh air a’ gheàrr-liosta nan sàr eisimpleir den obair riochdail a tha ar companaidhean riochdachaidh a’ dèanamh, chan ann a-mhàin thairis air a’ bhliadhna a dh’fhalbh, ach thairis air na deich bliadhna a dh’fhalbh.”

Chòrd FUNC, prògram de sgeadsaichean goirid comadaidh, gu mòr ri luchd-amhairc BBC ALBA, an dà chuid air Tbh agus air na meadhanan sòisealta ann an 2018. Thuirt, stiùiriche FUNC, Michael Hines: “Tha mi cho moiteil gun do bhuannaich sinn. Tha cleasaichean òga agus criutha air leth againn agus sgrìobhadh mhìorbhaileach. Chan eil mòran sheanailean ann a tha a’ cur uiread de dh’earbsa ann an riochdairean phrògraman agus aig a bheil uiread de dhealas ann an tàlant ùr agus tha sinn follaiseach sa phrògram. Tha sinn air bhioran gus sreath 2 de FUNC a chraoladh nas ainmiche am bliadhna!”

Bha an dràma cloinne, Buidheagan le Sorbier Productions, a’ farpais an aghaidh prògraman mòra CBBC ann an gnè na cloinne agus seo a’ chiad bliadhna a bha BBC ALBA air ainmeachadh anns a’ ghnè seo. Tha am prògram, a chaidh a chruthachadh mar phàirt de dh’iomairt leis an Aonadh Craolaidh Eòrpach (EBU), leis an stiùiriche Tony Kearney, a’ toirt sùil air nighean òg a tha a’ feuchainn ris an dòigh-beatha aice a dhìon bho thuathanach mhì-chàileir.

Thuirt Patsi NicChoinnich, stiùiriche Sorbier Productions agus sgrìobhadair Buidheagan: “Tha seo uabhasach math do Sorbier agus na tha sinn a’ feuchainn ri dhèanamh airson BBC ALBA. Tha sinn a’ cruthachadh prògraman a tha ceart airson luchd-amhairc na Gàidhlig, ach tha e cuideachd comasach na prògraman atharrachadh airson ar com-pàirtichean Eòrpach agus tha an duais seo mar dhearbhadh gu bheil e ag obair!”

Seo an treas duais RTS Scotland aig PurpleTV le duais airson a’ phrògram aithriseach Tommy Burns. Tha seo às dèidh duaisean fhaighinn a cheana airson nam filmichean eile aca Jim Baxter agus Jock Stein.

Thuirt, Margot McCuaig, an stiùiriche: “Bu mhath leam taing a thoirt do theaghlach Tommy airson an stòiridh aca innse dhuinn. Tha BBC ALBA aithnichte airson a bhith a’ coimiseanadh prògraman le sgeulachdan fìrinneach agus faireachail agus ’s e urram a th’ ann a bhith na phàirt den seo a bharrachd air na duaisean eile RTS Scotland a tha sinn air fhaighinn thairis air na bliadhnaichean a dh’fhalbh.”

Chaidh Sùlaisgeir: An t-Sealg, a bha air a riochdachadh le MacTV, ainmeachadh air a’ gheàrr-liosta trì tursan. Choisinn Daibhidh Màrtainn an Duais airson Sàr-mhathas Proifeasanta - a’ chiad uair a thachair seo airson prògram BBC ALBA aig duaisean RTS Scotland. Tha am prògram mu thràth air duais a bhuannachadh aig an Chicago International Television Festival agus chaidh ainmeachadh aig duaisean cliùiteach Grierson cuideachd.

Tha Daibhidh Màrtainn, a choisinn duais Neach-camara airson a chuid obrach air Sùlaisgeir: An t-Sealg, a’ moladh stiùiriche a’ phrògraim, Niall Caimbeul, a bha air ainmeachadh air a’ gheàrr-liosta airson duais RTS Scotland: “’S ann air sàillibh Nèill a fhuair sinn cothrom clàradh air Sùlasgeir. Bu mhath leam cuideachd taing a thoirt do na fir airson earbsa a chuir annainn an sgeulachd aca innse. Thàinig orm fhèin agus air Niall sinn fhèin fhigh a-steach don t-sealg, dlùth ri na sealgairean agus thàinig oirnn faighinn seachad air ioma dùbhlan gus am prògram seo a thoirt gu luchd-amhairc – chan ann a-mhàin fhad ’s a bha sinn air an eilean, ach airson mìosan ro làimh cuideachd. Tha mi uabhasach toilichte gu bheil am prògram air còrdadh cho math ri daoine.”

Is iad Jennifer Reoch agus Des Clarke a bha a’ lìbhrigeadh duaisean RTS Scotland 2019 a chaidh a chumail san Old Fruitmarket ann an Glaschu Diciadain, an 12 Ògmhios.