BBC Radio Scotland

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BBC Radio Scotland
City of license Glasgow
Broadcast area Scotland
Frequency FM: 92.4-94.7 MHz
MW: 810 kHz
DAB
Freeview: 719 (Scotland Only)
Freesat: 712
Sky: 0116
Virgin Media: 930
First air date 23 November 1978
Format News, Music, Sport, Talk
Audience share 8.5%[1] (September 2008)
Owner BBC,
BBC Scotland
Website BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland is BBC Scotland's national English language radio network. It broadcasts a wide variety of programming including news, sport, music, the arts, comedy, drama, history and lifestyle. It replaced the Scottish opt-out part of BBC Radio 4 in November 1978.

History[change | edit source]

BBC Radio Scotland was founded as a full-time radio network in 1978, although the name had been used since 1974 for the Scottish opt-out parts of BBC Radio 4. The creation of a separate network was made possible when Radio 4 became a fully national network and moved from medium wave to long wave.

Opt-out stations were established in Inverness and Aberdeen in 1976, followed by Orkney and Shetland in 1977, and Selkirk and Dumfries in 1983. Previously planned opt-outs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee were never realised.

Programmes[change | edit source]

The station broadcasts a wide range of programming including news, debate, music and sport commentaries.

News and Current Affairs[change | edit source]

News and current affairs programming has always constituted the dominant part of BBC Radio Scotland's schedules, especially on weekdays. In addition to regular news bulletins (usually hourly), the station broadcasts a wide range of longer in-depth news and current affairs programmes.

Good Morning Scotland (weekdays, 0600-0900) is Scotland's longest-running radio programme and one of the most popular in the country. It provides regular news, sport, business, travel and weather bulletins along with interviews and in-depth reports. It is similar to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, but from a Scottish perspective. It also includes the daily religious slot "Thought for the Day", again similar to that broadcast on Radio 4's "Today" programme.

The other daily news and current affairs strands are the Morning Extra phone-in (0905-1000), Scotland Live (1200-1245), Newsdrive (1600-1800) and the political news programme Scotland At Ten (2205-2230).

Weekend programmes include Newsweek Scotland (Sat, 0800-0900), Shereen (Sun, 0900-1000) and The Business (Sun, 1000-1030).

Sport[change | edit source]

Like Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Scotland covers most of the major sporting events in Scotland. It holds exclusive rights to the Scottish Premier League and operates its Sportsound programme on a multitude of frequencies on Saturdays when games are being played. Other sporting events that can be heard on Radio Scotland include both of Scotland's domestic football cup competitions, Scotland football internationals and European games affecting Scottish teams and the rugby union Six Nations championships. Alongside the live action sports programmes, Radio Scotland also produces popular sporting shows such as football fanzine Off the Ball, phone-in forum Your Call with Jim Traynor and the multi-sports programme Sports Weekly, presented by former Scotland rugby player, John Beattie.

Local opt-outs[change | edit source]

Orkney and Shetland each have a half hour daily news programme — Around Orkney (0730-0800) and Good Evening Shetland (1730-1800). During the winter months, this is supplemented for both areas by an hour long programme, broadcast Monday-Friday, between 1805-1900. Local bulletins are broadcast from Selkirk, Dumfries, Aberdeen and Inverness throughout the day.

Heads of Radio, Scotland[change | edit source]

Controllers of BBC Radio Scotland hold the title "Head of Radio, BBC Scotland" on account of BBC Scotland's radio productions for other BBC networks.

Years served Controller
1978–1979 John Pickles
1980–1983 Christopher Irwin
1983–1987 Stan Taylor
1987–1992 Neil Fraser
1992–1996 James Boyle
1996–2000 Ken MacQuarrie ("Head of Broadcast")
2000–2005 Maggie Cunningham
2005–present Jeff Zycinski

Other websites[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Rajar viewing figures