Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Manx Radio and the BBC working on Manx language programs

Manx Radio and the BBC are working together to produce two new one-hour Manx Gaelic programmes that will be broadcast from 17.05 to 18.00 on Mondays and Fridays, starting Oct. 3. On Monday afternoons, Bob Carswell presents Traa dy Liooar (Time Enough), a talk based magazine programme covering a wide range of current affairs and cultural issues.
On Fridays, James O’Meara hosts Jamys Jeheiney (James on Friday). This will feature mainly music with Gaelic and Celtic roots as well as new tracks from around the world. The presentation on both programmes will be exclusively in Manx Gaelic and they are being broadcast on Manx Radio’s 1368 AM frequency, on-line via the Radio Player and on the Manx Radio iPhone App.

“We are delighted to have the support of the BBC for these two new programmes," Marc Tyley, said Manx Radio’s Programme Controller. "There is a resurgence of interest in Manx Gaelic on the Isle of Man and increasing our Gaelic output from four to six hours a week is a great way of reflecting this." A BBC spokesperson added, "The BBC is delighted to be supporting this investment in Manx language broadcasting. Promoting language and culture is key to the BBC's public purposes and we are proud to be working with Manx Radio on offering new resources for the island's Manx speakers."

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