BBC Alba on Freeview on June 8

23/05/11  'GLASGOW'Scottish actor Peter Mullan joins his daughter Katrin to announce BBC ALBA being made available on Freeview next month'**WORDS AVAILABLE FROM MEDIA HOUSE**
23/05/11 'GLASGOW'Scottish actor Peter Mullan joins his daughter Katrin to announce BBC ALBA being made available on Freeview next month'**WORDS AVAILABLE FROM MEDIA HOUSE**

BBC Alba is to be available on Freeview from June 8.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “I am delighted that after much campaigning the BBC Trust has decided to allow BBC Alba on Freeview, where it will be going live in only a few weeks. I know that the channel also became available on Cable last week.

“This is a major step forward for both the channel and the Gaelic language. Every person in Scotland should soon have access to this excellent and important channel.

“It is a recognition of the achievements and the quality of BBC Alba in appealing to both Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers that the decision has been taken to expand the channel in such a way.

“This is just one step on a long road to building a viable future for the Gaelic language, but it is a hugely important one. I look forward to the benefits that such an increase in TV exposure will bring for BBC Alba and Gaelic and wish the channel every success for the future.”

Angus MacNeil MP added: “After many years of campaigning at Westminster and calling on the BBC Trust’s representative in Scotland, Jeremy Peat, to get this done, I am delighted that a date has finally been set.”

“I have been pushing this for many years, finally BBC Alba can be now be viewed on Freeview. At last, everyone will now have access to view the fantastic BBC Alba, this is a tremendous step forward for the Gaelic language and an indication of the success of the channel since its launch in September 2008.”