24 Facts About BBC Scotland


BBC Scotland is a division of the BBC and the main public broadcaster in Scotland.

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BBC Scotland operates television channels such as the Scottish variant of BBC One, the BBC Scotland channel and the Gaelic-language channel BBC Alba, and radio stations BBC Radio Scotland and Gaelic-language BBC Radio nan Gaidheal.

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Around 1927, the new Corporation, as the BBC Scotland now was, decided to combine these local stations into regions under the generic banner of the BBC Scotland Regional Programme.

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Television in BBC Scotland began formally on 14 March 1952 using the 405-line television system broadcast from the Kirk o'Shotts transmitter.

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When BBC Two arrived in Scotland in 1966, broadcasts began in black and white on 625-lines CCIR System I from the Black Hill transmitter.

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Many years, BBC Scotland has tried to increase the number of programmes it makes to be shown on the networks.

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BBC Scotland operates BBC Alba, broadcasting programming in Gaelic for up to seven hours a day.

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The BBC Scotland channel was approved by Ofcom in June 2018, and subsequently launched on 24 February 2019.

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BBC Scotland operates two radio stations covering Scotland: BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio nan Gaidheal.

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BBC Scotland Radio nan Gaidheal in contrast is a Gaelic-language station broadcasting for the majority of the day on 103.

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BBC Scotland operates a mini site on BBC Online consisting of a portal to Scottish news, sport, programmes and items of cultural interest through BBC Online.

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BBC Scotland previously offered a podcast download of the top news items of the week and the online streaming of several key sections of output.

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In June 2018, the BBC Scotland announced the formation of a third "digital hub" in Glasgow, which will facilitate design and engineering of BBC Scotland digital platforms.

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Apart from a limited news service, all programmes about BBC Scotland had to be transmitted from London and had to have an appeal to a UK audience.

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BBC Scotland's headquarters are currently located at BBC Pacific Quay on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow.

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However, in 1935 the BBC Scotland acquired Queen Margaret College at North Park House, Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, near to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and the headquarters operation moved back to Glasgow in 1936 accompanying the Glasgow radio station.

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BBC Scotland remained based at these premises until the move to Pacific Quay in 2007.

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BBC Scotland continues to produce a high number of local programmes for the Scottish audiences.

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BBC Scotland produces over 20 hours of comedy programmers for radio and television.

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BBC Scotland produces a high number of gamesshows which feature The National Lottery Draws.

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BBC Scotland produces the Scottish opt-out sections of British-wide programmes such as Sunday Politics and Children in Need.

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Many comedy series have been made by BBC Scotland, including Scotch and Wry, Rab C Nesbitt, Naked Video and Still Game, while with dramas included Hamish Macbeth, Monarch of the Glen, and Sutherland's Law.

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BBC Scotland has produced two highly controversial programmes, Scotch on the Rocks and Secret Society, with the latter resulting in BBC Scotland being raided by the police.

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BBC Scotland started using their own television continuity announcers voicing over specific BBC Scotland station idents for all evening and weekend afternoon junctions around 1977.

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