purpleTV director Allan is the founder and Chief Executive of mneTV, one of Scotland’s largest indigenous television production companies, with an archive of over £30m worth of programming, including award-winning productions. As well as being a multi-genre producer, mneTV is arguably Scotland’s most travelled company having delivered television programmes from hundreds of destinations world-wide including challenging productions from China, Vietnam, Botswana, Ecuador, Guatemala, South Africa and India.
One of the BBC’s youngest ever radio station managers at the age of 26, he established the BBC’s presence in Stornoway in the Western Isles, delivering British award-winning programmes in the process, and contributing to news and current affairs programmes on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio Four and BBC World Service. He went on to manage the BBC’s Radio Highland at Inverness, whilst producing entertainment series for Radio Scotland, before being fast-tracked by the BBC into the world of television in Glasgow.
Allan also spent three years as a freelance newspaper and radio journalist and is today well known for his writing and narration of Gaelic television documentaries and his radio presentation. In 1992 he was head-hunted by Grampian Television in Aberdeen to establish a production department for the company, following which two years later, he returned to the independent production sector to develop his own company mneTV, currently Scotland’s busiest sports production company, and a producer of outside broadcast events in the entertainment sector.
He was Chairman of television and film producers trade association PACT in Scotland from 2001 to 2006, and a Director of PACT UK. During the passage of the Communications Bill 2003, he was a member of the Scotland Office Gaelic Broadcasting Working Group. He was a founding Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland, a member of the Board of the Lews Castle College of Further Education in Stornoway, and of the Creative Skillset National Board for Scotland.
He is currently Chairman of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Scottish Government’s primary agency for the development of the Gaelic language in Scotland.