Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Alasdair Morrison appointed Chairman of MG ALBA.


Alasdair Morrison appointed Chairman of MG ALBA

Following an independent appointment and selection process, Alasdair Morrison has been appointed as Chairman of MG ALBA (the new name for the Gaelic Media Service). The appointment was approved by the Secretary of State for Scotland and takes effect from July 2008 for a period of four years.

Mr Morrison is Director of UBC Group Ltd, Harris Tweed Hebrides Llp. From 1999-2007 he was the Labour MSP for the Western Isles in the Scottish Parliament and was deputy minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999-2001. His early career was as a radio and television journalist with the BBC.

David Cairns, Minister of State at the Scotland Office said:

“For the last three years I have been closely involved in the development of a dedicated Gaelic Digital TV station which is now closer than ever, so I know how important this position is.

“The advent of this service heralds an exciting time for the Gaelic language and for Gaelic speakers throughout Scotland and beyond. I would like to thank Neil Fraser for his energy and vision in making this possible and I look forward to working with Alasdair Morrison and the whole of the GMS to help deliver it."

Alasdair Morrison said: “I am looking forward to working constructively with my fellow board members, our partners the BBC, and everyone across the industry to ensure that Gaelic broadcasting services are of a standard appropriate for this age”.

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