Scottish Premier League Renews BBC Alba Broadcast Deal

By Community | November 16, 2012

The Scottish Premier League will continue to air on Gaelic TV channel, BBC Alba, after a new deal was struck.

It will see Clydesdale Bank Premier League games broadcast live on BBC Alba for the first time. BBC Alba’s previous deal was for delayed match coverage only.

Three live matches will be shown this season and three more during the 2013-14 season.

Delayed full match coverage of a further 35 games per season will be shown at 17:30 on Saturdays.

The first live game will be Ross County versus Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 2 January with kick off at 15:05.

Commentary for the games will be in Gaelic.

Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPL, commented on the deal: “This new partnership will allow us to reach far and wide into new audiences and communities across Scotland.

“The SPL already has two live television deals in place with Sky Sports and ESPN.

“We look forward to growing our relationship with BBC Alba to promote Clydesdale Bank Premier League football, and the Gaelic language, even further over the next two seasons.”

Alan Esslemont, head of content for BBC Alba, added: “The Clydesdale Bank Premier League continues to be hugely popular with fans across the country.

“We are delighted to be able to return live Clydesdale Bank Premier League football to free-to-air television throughout Scotland and the UK for this first time since 2004.”