Commissioning Rounds

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Commissioning rounds

Below you will see all active commissioning rounds for BBC ALBA and other MG ALBA associated brands.

We hold twice-yearly commissioning rounds for BBC ALBA (Summer & Winter) where we welcome the submission of programme and television production ideas from suitably qualified media production companies.

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Scroll down for documents related to commissioning rounds, information about our broadcast and production facilities and on what to do if you have programme ideas that are of a time-sensitive nature.

Commissioning Round

Comedy Writers Call Out

Friday 16th July 2021

Commissioning Round

BBC ALBA Summer Commissioning Round – 2021

This round deals with two elements which have separate submission dates: Thursday 27th May 2021, 1pm & Friday 11th June 2021, 1pm.

Commissioning Round


Friday 11th June 2021 at 5pm

Commissioning Documents

Broadcast & Production Facilities

MG ALBA provide a comprehensive suite of facilities for broadcast contribution, production, post production and programme delivery.

Among the facilities available are studio / OB facilities, camera equipment, lighting, editing and audio post production, live contribution, subtitling and final programme delivery.

In addition we provide the final stages of DPP programme delivery, including AQC/QC, AS11 wrap and secure delivery across a high speed connection.

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Programme Ideas

The MG ALBA / BBC partnership will accept ‘time-perishable’ programme ideas, or ideas which represent a unique and unexpected opportunity, at any time of the year and we will endeavour to return commissioning decisions on them without undue delay.

Individuals or organisations with programme ideas should ideally apply under the terms of Commissioning Rounds. If you have a good idea but lack the means or expertise to make the programme you should speak to a production company to see if they will develop the idea with you. Unfortunately we cannot provide this service. Provided we have the consent of the companies in question we may be able to provide you with a list of companies who make Gaelic programmes.

Individuals or organisations with programme ideas seeking development funding should do so under the terms of Commissioning Rounds. We will generally not consider unsolicited applications for development funding unless they are time-sensitive, represent a unique and unexpected opportunity or add to the effectiveness of training schemes being sponsored by MG ALBA.

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