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TV documentary aired about island newspaper’s 40th anniversary

A television documentary has been aired about an island newspaper which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The BBC has produced the documentary about Am Pàipear, which is based on Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides.

The programme appeared as part of the ‘Trusadh’ series on BBC Alba, the corporation’s Scottish Gaelic language channel, and is now available to view with English subtitles on the BBC iPlayer.

Among those to feature in the documentary is current editor Iain Stephen Morrison.

A screenshot from the BBC's documentary about the newspaper

A screenshot from the BBC’s documentary about the newspaper

As previously reported on HTFP, editor Iain urged more communities with no dedicated local news service to consider launching their own newspaper.

A full programme of events planned to celebrate 40 years of Am Pàipear have been launched, and a special exhibition which sees its entire 40-year archive opened to the public began last month.

A BBC release announcing the airing of the programme reads: ” As Am Pàipear celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back at how instrumental the title has been in highlighting key issues that have impacted the community over the decades.

“Trusadh looks at how Am Pàipear has reflected the changing community view in relation to many major events, including the influx of military presence, changes in education and health provision, and matters pertaining to the land and environment – all while maintaining a unique island humour in its perspective.”