Commissioning Round Cuairt Coimiseanaidh


BBC ALBA – Summer Commissioning Round – 2019



Deadline for programme ideas – Friday the 14th of June at 5pm.
Deadline for MG ALBA/BBC partnership decisions – Friday 5th July at 5pm.



The ways in which our audience view our programmes continue to change, including when and where programmes are viewed, as well as the technology used to do so. However, powerful and compelling stories, told with warmth and a distinctive voice, sometimes challenging, sometimes humorous, but always authentic and heartfelt, remain a constant for people. Something to talk about, and share with friends, that create connections and enhance a sense of community.

BBC ALBA is a contemporary, forward-looking channel. In keeping with all other media outlets we face particular challenges in reaching younger audiences. We want to harness the potential of the changing media environment to address this and to build and develop our offer to all ages.

When preparing your submission it might be worth considering the following:-

  • • Does this proposal reflect real lived experience?
  • • Is it innovative? What’s new about it whether in terms of the story, style, format, content, talent or use of technology?
  • • Is it a compelling story? Will it engage people’s emotions, provoke discussion and is there enough substance in it to sustain a whole programme?
  • • Will it take the audience to places and situations which they might not otherwise encounter?
  • • Is the proposed duration, talent and format the best fit for the target audience and the story?
  • • How will it enhance the BBC ALBA offer?
  • • Does it have co-financing potential either in the UK or internationally and have you explored these?
  • • What potential is there for the story to have a life or be promoted on other digital platforms as well as television? Does its structure lend itself to short form manifestation?/li>



These are our priorities for this commissioning round, however we’re always open to passionately presented ideas which are time-sensitive and which may not fit these categories:-

1. Strong, compelling stories primarily for the Autumn and Festive schedule, with the potential to create substantial popular impact or critical impact, or even both together. Feature length factual ideas are welcome. Recent examples include programmes such as, A’ Sireadh Sacha, Gaol is Call, Guthan na h-Iolaire

2. Programmes of special interest and value for the Gaelic-speaking community, reflecting and offering fresh insights into contemporary life and which have a cross-generational appeal. Recent examples include: Pìobairean Lìonacleit ann an NY, Bho Chaorain Gu Consoles, Cuimhneachan – An Iolaire

All proposals should take the following into account:-

  • • A note of the category in this round to which they refer.
  • • A brief creative summary, details of key talent behind and in front of camera and programme price. It should also detail digital media opportunities including how, if appropriate, different forms could be used for different digital platforms. They should not exceed one A4 page per programme.
  • • We also want to see that you have thought about how the programme can be promoted: be that through the press, social-media or other broadcast outlets.
  • • We’re happy to receive programme tasters but they are not essential. The opportunity to develop your submitted proposal through an interview may be given.
  • • Priority will be given to ideas that take into consideration further funding such as, but not limited to:



Co-production ideas seeking lead funding from the MG ALBA/BBC partnership should apply for funding through these seasonal commissioning rounds. Co-production ideas with external lead funding are acceptable at any time and the MG ALBA/BBC partnership will endeavour to return commissioning decisions on them without undue delay.vThe MG ALBA/BBC partnership will accept ‘time-perishable’ programme ideas at any time and endeavour to return commissioning decisions on them without undue delay.



Final submissions and any questions on anything contained in this Summer Commissioning Round – 2019 should be addressed to Diorbhail Wentworth :- diorbhail.wentworth@bbc.co.uk





Event Commissioning Round

Deadline for programme ideas – 29/04/2019
Deadline for MG ALBA/BBC partnership decisions – 17/05/2019

This commissioning round will deal specifically with submissions for programming based on a 2-hour live Hogmanay ceilidh for 31/12/19 and 31/12/20.



BBC ALBA’s Hogmanay ceilidh has become an established part of Scotland’s New Year celebrations since the launch of the channel in 2008. Rooted in Gaelic culture and musical traditions but embracing the wider Scottish experience, the ceilidh is an annual celebration highly appreciated by BBC ALBA audiences at home and abroad. It is at its best when hosted in a Gaelic-speaking community in a rural or urban setting. Recent locations include Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Stirling and Perthshire. The ceilidh may also be broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and to a worldwide audience online. The current look and feel of the Hogmanay ceilidh works well with the BBC ALBA audience but there is an appetite to see options for other models and to creatively refresh our output.

Proposals for a live 2-hour ceilidh to celebrate Hogmanay both in 2019 and 2020 are now invited.

Audience: General



Funding of up to a maximum of £500,000 over two years is available to the programmes. Proposals must demonstrate the added value and budget flexibility to be gained from a two-year contract period. Locations in Gaelic-speaking communities are paramount with a requirement over the two-year period to be based in the following locations i) in the Western Isles, and ii) mainland Scotland excluding the most recent locations.



Submissions of programme ideas must include;

  • - a creative summary detailing how the production company will develop and deliver popular, inclusive Hogmanay ceilidhs over the two-year period. Models based on the current Hogmanay ceilidh look and feel will be considered. We would also welcome new and confident treatments of this highly popular and key event in our schedule;
  • - details of key talent behind and in front of camera;
  • - details of key onscreen musical talent;
  • - details of musical director;
  • - ceilidh locations as per geographical requirements outlined above;
  • - detail of production company’s live broadcast experience in the entertainment genre;
  • - technical specifications including proposed O/B provider, number of cameras;
  • - a detailed budget

Submissions should not exceed three A4 pages. The opportunity to develop these submissions will be given through interviews with applicants.

Submissions or any questions on anything contained in this commissioning round should be addressed to Diorbhail Wentworth diorbhail.wentworth@bbc.co.uk on or before 29/04/2019.


BBC ALBA Cuairt Coimiseanaidh Samhraidh – 2019


Ceann-là airson mholaidhean phrògraman – Dihaoine 14mh Ògmhios, 2019 1f.
Ceann-latha airson co-dhùnaidhean MG ALBA/BBC – Dihaoine 5mh Iuchar 2019 5f.



Gun teagamh tha atharrachadh mòr a’ leantainn a thaobh cleachdaidhean luchd-amhairc, cuin is càite a bheil iad a’ coimhead agus cuideachd, ciamar. Ach nuair a thig e gu carson a tha iad a’ coimhead, tha sin nas stèidhichte. Tha sgeulachdan cumhachdach a tha a’ faireachdainn fìor do am beatha, agus cuideachd stòiridhean trom is aotrom le blàths’ is blas, is urrainn daoine a mholadh ga chèile, fhathast bunaiteach. Bonn còmhraidh, a’ cruthachadh ceanglaichean agus a’ brosnachadh coimhearsnachd.

Buinidh BBC ALBA don là an-diugh agus don là a-màireach. Tha sinn airson brath a ghabhail air na cothroman a tha a’ tighinn an cois a’ chruth-atharrachaidh a tha a’ tighinn air craoladh agus airson a bhith deiseil mu choinneamh nan dùbhlan cuideachd.

Is fhiach smaoineachadh air na nithean seo ann a bhith a’ cruthachadh thagradh:-

  • • A bheil am beachd seo a’ toirt sealladh air an t-saoghal mar a tha e?
  • • Dè a tha ùr ann? A bheil e ùr-ghnathasach a thaobh libhrigeadh, cumadh, tàlant, teicneòlas no an taobh bho bheil an sgeulachd ga h-innse?
  • • An gabh an sgeulachd grèim air duine, a’ dùsgadh co-fhaireachdainn air neo deasbad, agus a bheil susbaint innte a chumas aire dhaoine fad a’ phrògraim?
  • • An toir e uinneag do dhaoine air suidhichidhean air neo àiteachan nach fhaiceadh iad gu h-àbhaisteach?
  • • A bheil an cumadh a thaobh fad, tàlant agus dòigh lìbhrigidh a’ freagairt air an luchd-amhairc agus an sgeulachd?
  • • Dè a tha e a’ cur ri farsaingeachd an deilbh a tha ri fhaicinn anns an sgàthan aig BBC ALBA?
  • • A bheil cothrom an cois na sgeòil airson co-mhaoineachaidh a shireadh bho bhuidhnean ann am Breatainn air neo thall thairis mu choinneamh a’ phròiseict?
  • • Dè na cothroman a th’ ann dreach a chur air an sgeulachd airson a h-innse no a putadh air ùrlaran didseatach cho math ri telebhisean? Bheil structair na sgeòil a’ freagairt air cruthan nas giorra?



Seo na prìomhachasan airson a’ chuairt seo, ach ma tha thu air do bheò-ghlacadh le sgeulachd a dh’fheumas a h-innse gun dàil is nach eil a’ tighinn oirre seo, seallaidh sinn ri sin cuideachd:-

1. Sgeulachdan làidir airson clàr an fhoghair, na Nollaig is na Bliadhn’ Ùire, a tharraingeas aire gu nàiseanta ach mun urrainn farsaingeachd de luchd-amhairc cruinneachadh. Chunnacas seo bho chionn ghoirid le prògraman mar A’ Sireadh Sacha, Gaol is Call, Guthan na h-Iolaire.

2. Prògraman anns am bi ùidh shònraichte no ionadail do choimhearsnachdan na Gàidhlig. Bidh iad mar sgàthan air beatha dhaoine san là a th’ ann air neo a’ toirt sealladh às ùr dhuinn air sin, le tarraing annta airson diofar aoisean. Chunnacas seo bho chionn ghoirid le prògraman mar Pìobairean Lìonacleit ann an NY, Bho Chaorain Gu Consoles, Cuimhneachan – An Iolaire

Cuimhnich gun tèid dèiligeadh ris na leanas san tagradh:-

  • • Ainmich dè an roinn anns a’ chuairt seo ris a bheil an tagradh a’ dèiligeadh.
  • • Thoir dhuinn iomradh goirid cruthachail le fios mun phrìomh thàlant air beulaibh agus air cùlaibh a’ chamara agus cuideachd am buidseat a tha ann. Cha bu chòir dhan seo a bhith nas fhaide na aon duilleag A4 gach prògram.
  • • Bidh sinn cuideachd a’ coimhead airson dearbhadh gu bheil an riochdaire air smaoineachadh air mar a thogadh iad ùidh luchd-amhairc anns a’ phrògram tro phàipearan-naidheachd, na meadhanan sòisealta agus meadhanan-craolaidh eile.
  • • Cuiridh sinn fàilte air blas de na prògraman ged nach eil seo riatanach.
  • • Dh’fhaodadh gun tèid agallamhan a chumail leis an luchd-tagraidh gus na tagraidhean a leasachadh.
  • • Thèid prìomhachas a thoirt do thagraidhean a tha a’ toirt feart air cothroman airson maoineachadh a bharrachd leithid, ach chan e mhàin, iad seo:



Bu chòir do thagraidhean co-riochdachaidh a tha a’ sireadh prìomh mhaoineachaidh bho cho-bhanntachd MG ALBA/BBC iarrtas a chur airson maoineachadh tro na cuairtean coimiseanaidh seo. Thèid gabhail ri tagraidhean co-riochdachaidh le prìomh mhaoineachadh on taobh a-muigh aig àm sam bith agus feuchaidh co-bhanntachd MG ALBA/BBC a thighinn air ais le co-dhùnaidhean coimiseanaidh mun deidhinn cho luath ’s a ghabhas.

Gabhaidh co-bhanntachd MG ALBA/BBC ri molaidhean airson prògraman a tha co-cheangailte ri ceann-là sònraichte eadar nan cuairtean àbhaisteach aig àm sam bith agus feuchar ris na co-dhùnaidhean coimiseanaidh a thilleadh cho luath ’s a ghabhas.



Bu chòir na tagraidhean agaibh agus ceistean mu nì sam bith anns a’ chuairt coimiseanaidh seo a chur gu Diorbhail Wentworth, aig diorbhail.wentworth@bbc.co.uk





Cuairt coimiseanaidh tachartas

Ceann-là airson beachdan phrògraman – 29/04/2019
Ceann-là airson co-dhùnaidhean co-bhanntachd MG ALBA/BBC – 17/05/2019

Bidh a’ chuairt coimiseanaidh seo a’ dèiligeadh gu sònraichte ri tagraidhean airson prògraman stèidhichte air cèilidh, 2 uair a thìde a dh’fhaid, air a chraoladh beò air oidhche Chalainn 31/12/19 agus 31/12/20.



Bho thòisich BBC ALBA ann an 2008, tha an cèilidh air Oidhche Chalainn air a bhith mar phàirt chudromach de chleachdaidhean toirt a-steach na bliadhna ùire do mhòran ann an Alba. Le bun-stèidh làidir ann an dualchas agus traidiseanan ciùil na Gàidhlig, cuide ri cèol bho nòsan eile tha an cèilidh na thachartas bhliadhnail air a bheil luchd-amhairc BBC ALBA aig an taigh, air feadh na dùthcha agus thall thairis, a’ cur luach mhòr. Tha dlùth cheangal eadar aoigheachd ann an coimhearsnachd Ghàidhlig (dùthchail no bailteil) ri soirbheachas an tachartais mar a chunnacas ann an Glaschu, an t-Eilean Sgitheanach, Sruighlea agus Siorrachd Pheairt. Dh’fhaodte an cèilidh a cho-chraoladh air BBC Radio nan Gàidheal agus thar na cruinne tron eadar-lìon. Tha na cèilidhean anns an dreach a tha air a bhith orra air còrdadh ris an luchd-amhairc ach thathar a’ sireadh roghainnean airson modailean eile agus beachdan ùra airson ath-nuadhachadh a thoirt air an tachartas.

Thathas a’ cur fàilte air tagraidhean airson cèilidh beò fad 2 uair a thìde airson Oidhche Chalainn a chomharrachadh ann an 2019 agus ann an 2020.

Luchd-amhairc: Coitcheann



Tha maoineachadh suas gu £500,000 thar dà bhliadhna ri fhaotainn airson nam prògraman. Feumaidh na tagraidhean fianais air luach a bharrachd agus sùbailteachd buidseit a dh’fhaodar tighinn an cois cùmhnant dà bhliadhna a shealltainn. Tha làraich ann an coimhearsnachdan Gàidhlig deatamach agus thar an dà bhliadhna dh’fheumte an cèilidh a thoirt gu: i) na h-Eileanan Siar, agus ii) tìr mòr na h-Alba, gun tilleadh gu àite far na robh an cèilidh roimhe.



Feumaidh na tagraidhean gabhail a-steach;

  • - geàrr-iomradh mu leasachaidhean cruthachail agus stoidhle lìbhrigidh air an dà chèilidh. Thèid beachdachadh air modailean stèidhichte air cruth a’ chèilidh mar a tha e an-dràsta. Thèid fàilte a chuir cuideachd air beachdan ùra, misneachail mun tachartas cudromach agus mòr-chòrdte seo sa chlàr;
  • - fiosrachadh air a’ phrìomh thàlant air cùlaibh agus air beulaibh a’ chamara;
  • - fiosrachadh air a’ phrìomh thàlant ciùil;
  • - fiosrachadh air stiùiriche ciùil;
  • - na h-àiteachan às an tig na cèilidhean, a rèir nan feumalachdan air am mìneachadh gu h-àrd;
  • - fiosrachadh mu eòlas craoladh tachartasan ciùil beò a’ chompanaidh riochdachaidh;
  • - fiosrachadh teicnigeach leithid an solar OB a thathar an dùil cleachdadh agus àireamh chamarathan;
  • - buidseat mionaideach

Cha bu chòir tagraidhean a bhith nas fhaide na trì duilleagan A4. Thèid cothrom na tagraidhean seo a leasachadh aig agallamh le na tagraichean.

Bu chòir tagraidhean no ceistean air pàirt sam bith den chuairt choimiseanaidh seo a chuir gu Diorbhail Wentworth diorbhail.wentworth@bbc.co.uk ro no air 29/04/2019.




BBC ALBA Past Productions Prògraman BBC ALBA

Follow this link for a complete list of all the programmes that have been broadcast on BBC ALBA.

Airson tuilleadh fiosrachadh mu phrògraman a tha air nochdadh air BBC ALBA rachaibh an seo