BBC Scotland


BBC Scotland

Infobox BBC Nation or Region
name = BBC Scotland


headquarters = Pacific Quay, Glasgow
area = Scotland
nation =
regions =
tvstations = BBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
BBC Alba
tvtransmitters =
launched =
closeddate =
replaced =
replacedby =
radiostations = BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
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keypeople =
website = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland www.bbc.co.uk/scotland]

BBC Scotland (Gaelic: BBC Alba) Fact|date=March 2008 is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. It is, in effect, the national broadcaster for Scotland, having a considerable amount of autonomy from the BBC's London headquarters. Its Scottish headquarters and studios are at Pacific Quay, on the south bank of the River Clyde, beside the new STV headquarters and the Glasgow Science Centre.

BBC Scotland also has offices including a newsroom, small television studio, and radio studios near to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, plus an office inside the Parliament building itself. There are also broadcasting centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Dumfries. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was resident at BBC Scotland's Queen Margaret Drive base until 2006, when it moved to new premises in the city centre. The orchestra performs regularly throughout Scotland and around the world. [cite news
title = BBC Scotland Television
publisher = bbc.co.uk/scotland
date =
url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/musicscotland/bbcsso/about_the_orchestra/
accessdate = 2007-08-20
] BBC Scotland's main rival is STV (formerly "Scottish Television" and "Grampian Television"), which, despite the name, does not in fact broadcast throughout the country. STV's transmissions are confined to the main population centres of central and northern Scotland, while Border Television covers the south.

Television

BBC Scotland co-ordinates two of the country's five public television stations: "BBC One Scotland" and "BBC Two Scotland"

*BBC One Scotland is the broadcaster's flagship station and offers a mixture of home-grown comedy, drama, news and current affairs programmes, as well as providing viewers with the main output from the BBC's UK network.
*BBC Two Scotland is an opt-out of the UK's "BBC Two" network. Daily opt-outs include regular news bulletins and a variety of Gaelic children's, youth, current affairs programming and coverage of the devolved Scottish Parliament.

BBC Scotland (BBC Alba) is also be responsible for the BBC Alba. The channel is funded by the BBC and the MG Alba.

Programming

As well as producing programming for Scotland, as the largest of the BBC's "Nations & Regions", BBC Scotland also produces television programming intended for the UK network.

Flagship programmes for Scotland include the nightly news programmes "Reporting Scotland" and "Newsnight Scotland", drama in the form of "River City" and "Monarch of the Glen", and sports programming in the shape of "Sportscene", "Grandstand from Scotland" and "The Adventure Show". BBC Scotland also produces Gaelic programming, such as "Eòrpa" and Dotaman, under the banner BBC Alba.

"Eòrpa" hit the headlines in May 2008, specially mentioned in the Scottish Broadcasting Commission's report. 'It was intriguing to note that without fail at every one of our public events BBC2 Scotland's Eòrpa programme was raised, unsolicited, and by non-Gaelic speakers, as an example of a positive, well-respected programme' - Blair Jenkins, Chair - Scottish Broadcasting Commission [http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2309855.0.0.php?act=complaint&cid=1608872]

BBC Scotland also produces the Scottish opt-out sections of UK-wide programmes such as "The Politics Show" and "Children in Need". Output for the UK network has included such recent high profile dramas as "Monarch of the Glen", "55 Degrees North" and "Sea of Souls". [cite news
title = BBC Scotland Television
publisher = bbc.co.uk/scotland
date =
url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/musicscotland/bbcsso/about_the_orchestra/
accessdate = 2007-08-20
]

elected BBC Scotland programming for Scotland

The following are selected BBC Scotland-produced or -commissioned programmes shown in Scotland only:

*"Reporting Scotland" (1968-present)
*"Newsnight Scotland" (1999-present)
*"River City" (2002-present)
*"Sportscene" (1975-present)
*"Scotch and Wry (1978-1992)
*"Chewin' the Fat" (1999-2002 - Hogmanay specials till 2005)
*"The Karen Dunbar Show" (2003-present)
*"The Beechgrove Garden" (1978-present)
*"Hogmanay Live" (1991-present)
*"BBC Scotland Investigates" (1994-present)
*"Legit" (2007-present)
*"Dear Green Place" (2007-present)
*"Eòrpa" (1993-present)
*"24/7" (????-present)
*"The Adventure Show" (2005-present)
*"Artworks Scotland" (????-present)
*"Holyrood Live" (1999-present)
*"Landward" (1970s-present)
*"The Music Show" (2005-present)
*"Politics Scotland" (1999-present)
*"Scotland on Film" (????-present)
*"VideoGaiden" (2005-2008)

elected BBC Scotland programming for the UK

The following are selected BBC Scotland-produced or -commissioned programmes networked across the UK:

*"Hububb" (1997-2001)
*"Catchword" (1984-1995)
*"Castle in the Country" (2005-present)
*"Comedy Connections" (2003-Present)
*"Empty" (2008 - present)
*"Film 2008" with Jonathan Ross (1972-present)
*"Get 100" (2007-present)
*"Hedz (2007-present)
*"Me Too!" (2006-present) Childrens TV
*"Monarch of the Glen" (1999-2005)
*"Movie Connections" (2007-present)
*"Naked Video" (1986 - 1994)
*"National Lottery JetSet 2012" (2007-present)
*"Raven" (2002-present)
*"Restoration" (2003-present)
*"Sea of Souls" (2004-present)
*"Still Game" (2002-present)
*"Shoebox Zoo" (2004-present)
*"The Culture Show" (2006-present)
*"T in the Park" (1994-present)
*"Your Country Needs You" (2007)
*"VideoGaiden" (2007-present)
*" Waterloo Road" (2005-present)
*"This Time Tomorrow" (2008-present)
*"The Kids Are Alright" (2008-present)

elected BBC Scotland programming for Europe

*"Eurovision Dance Contest 2008" (2008)

tudios

BBC Scotland has 11 television and radio studios in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Portree, Stornoway, Inverness, Selkirk, Dumfries, Orkney and Shetland. BBC Scotland's HQ, Pacific Quay Studios in Glasgow, opened in 2007. Pacific Quay has the largest studio in the UK outside London.

The Politics Show Scotland, like much of BBC Scotland's political output, was broadcast from BBC Scotland's studios in Edinburgh, near to the Scottish Parliament. However from 2008, The Politics Show moved to Pacific Quay studio C sharing the same set with Reporting Scotland.

Radio

BBC Scotland also operates the national radio networks:

* BBC Radio Scotland on 92-95 FM and 810 MW, broadcasts across Scotland and sometimes splits frequencies, with other programming, usually sport, broadcasting only on MW.
* BBC Radio nan Gàidheal on 103.5-105 FM is the Gaelic language station broadcasting across parts of Scotland, and is often used as an extra frequency for "Sportsound"'s coverage of multiple SPL football matches.

There are also regional news opt-outs broadcasting from Aberdeen (North-East), Inverness (Highlands and Islands), Selkirk (Borders), Dumfries (South-West), Lerwick (Shetland) and Kirkwall (Orkney), with the latter two also providing extra programming for their area.

BBC Scotland also takes part in the 'Regionalisation' of some of the UK-wide BBC's radio output. One example of this is on Thursday nights, when Radio 1 splits the home nations with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland broadcasting their own shows showcasing local talent. The Radio 1 Session in Scotland is presented by Vic Galloway. [cite news
title = BBC Radio 1 - Vic Galloway
publisher = bbc.co.uk
date =
url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/vicgalloway/
accessdate = 2007-08-20
]

Online

BBC Scotland also provides a large amount of online content specifically aimed at the Scottish user, whether they be from within Scotland, or for Scots from further afield.

* They are responsible for the Scottish News, Sport and Education portals in the main bbc.co.uk website, along with their own sections such as History, Music and information about their television and radio programmes.

* Also, BBC Scotland have begun to stream a variety of television and radio content via the "BBC Scotland Player" on their website. Examples of this include news and current affairs programming available on demand, live Scottish sport and trailers for upcoming programmes.

* BBC Scotland also produces the first - and still the only - video news download from within the Nations & Regions division. Called "BBC Scotland News Weekly", it contains five stories from television news across the week. It can be accessed on the BBC Scotland news website and via the podcast section of iTunes. [cite news
title = BBC Scotland News Weekly - video podcast
publisher = bbc.co.uk
date =
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/6211286.stm
accessdate = 2007-08-20
]

Controllers and heads

Controllers of BBC Scotland:

*Ken MacQuarrie (Apr 2004 - present)
*John McCormick (Jan 1992 - Apr 2004)

ee also

*Scottish Broadcasting Commission

References

External links

*bbc.co.uk|id=scotland|title=BBC Scotland


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