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5 March 2024 - Minority languages - Oral evidence

Committee Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Inquiry Minority languages

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)

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How are broadcasters supporting minority languages?  

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hold the first evidence session of its inquiry exploring the health and future of minority languages in the UK, and how the Government can support and develop them. In this session, MPs will focus on the role of broadcasting in the maintenance and growth of minority languages in the UK.  

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Minority languages
Chair at MG Alba
Director of Nations at BBC
Chair at S4C
At 11:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Minority languages
Managing Director at Screen Cornwall
writer and broadcaster
Broadcaster at BBC Northern Ireland
Broadcaster at BBC Gaeilge

In the first panel, the cross-party Committee will hear from organisations that deliver broadcasts in minority languages across the UK: the BBC, S4C in Wales and MG Alba in Scotland. MPs are likely to examine how broadcasting can sustain minority languages, the financial sustainability of these broadcasters and the impact of the Media Bill. 

The challenges that these minority language broadcasters face, and how the UK Government and devolved governments can go further to support them may also be discussed.  

In the second panel, Members will talk to individuals broadcasting for the Scots, Ulster-Scots, Irish and Cornish communities about their own experiences. Questions are likely to be asked about their personal views on the importance of broadcasting in minority indigenous languages, how it can contribute to growing the language, and how it might attract new audiences. 


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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