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

Children’s Short Drama 2021

5pm, Friday 26 February 2021

We have commissioned a script and are now looking for expressions of interest from companies with a track record in drama for BBC ALBA to produce the film. 

Commissioning Round

Multi-annual Supply Commissioning Round

11 January 2021

BBC ALBA is a BBC licensed television service managed in partnership by MG ALBA and the BBC. To date BBC ALBA’s commissioning strategy has had two elements: two commissioning rounds per year, and multi-programme, multi-year deals known as ‘volume’ contracts.

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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