Cuts in Gaelic department at BBC

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UP to eight posts could be lost in BBC Alba/ Gaelic department of BBC Scotland over the next five years.

The plans were announced by Ken McQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, today as he spoke to staff at the BBC Headquarters in Glasgow.

The plans could see up to 120 members of staff leave BBC Scotland by 2016/17.

Of the Gaelic plans, he said: “We believe that we will need to close around 5-8 posts in Gaelic over the period but the economy of the Gaelic department is a complex one in that its non-news television output is broadly equally funded by the BBC and by external funding from MG ALBA, the partner in the BBC ALBA service.

“The results of the MG ALBA funded volume commissioning process for the next two years (2012-13) will have an impact on the future business and staffing levels of the department and we will not know this until later in November or December this year.

“On Radio nan Gaidheal, there is a potential loss of non-news live programming with a review of the scope of the station’s schedule underway to achieve its savings.”

“We will continue to examine any production efficiencies which can be made across all our Gaelic bases and will bring any proposals to staff and unions as they emerge.”