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BBC Radio Scotland is BBC Scotland's national English language radio network. It broadcasts a wide variety of programming including news, sport, light entertainment, music, the arts, comedy, drama, history and lifestyle. It replaced the Scottish BBC Radio 4 opt-out service of the same name from 23rd November 1978.

BBC Radio Scotland broadcasts 24 hours on medium wave frequencies, broadcasting archive programming under the name, the zones, through the night. From 0030 to 0600, FM frequencies carry a simulcast of BBC Radio 5 Live.

History

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 version of BBC Radio 4 (previously the Scottish Home Service). The establishment of a separate network was only made possible when Radio 4 became a fully national network and moved from medium wave to long wave.

Opt-out stations were established in Invernessmarker (BBC Radio Highland) & Aberdeenmarker in 1976, followed by Orkneymarker & Shetlandmarker in 1977, and Selkirkmarker (BBC Radio Tweed) & Dumfriesmarker (BBC Radio Solway) in 1983. Previously planned opt-outs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee were never realised.

The most famous and controversial head of Radio Scotland in recent years was James Boyle.

Programmes

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

News and current affairs

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

Good Morning Scotland (weekdays, 0600–0900) is Scotland's longest-running radio programme and one of the most popular in the country, providing regular news, sport, business, travel and weather bulletins along with interviews and in-depth reports in a manner similar to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, but from a Scottish perspective. It also features 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 programme Scotland at Ten (2205–2230).

Weekend current affairs programming includes Newsweek Scotland (Sat, 0800–0900), Shereen (Sun, 0900–1000) and The Business (Sun, 1000–1030).

Music

Radio Scotland's music output is designed to cater for a wide range of tastes. Daily programmes include The Tom Morton Show (1400–1600), Get It On (1800–2000 (FM)) and The Iain Anderson Show (2230–0030).

From Monday to Friday, the 2000 – 2200 slot on FM is held by various music programmes through the week. On Monday, Vic Galloway hosts new bands and new music. Tuesday is home to Mary-Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering with music from around the world. The Jazz House on Wednesday presents a range of jazz music and Archie Fisher's Travelling Folk features traditional music, old and new. The week is rounded off with The Music Bed, with modern music and interviews.

Weekend programming includes The Greetings Programme (Sun, 0700–0800) with a lively mix of music, past and present, Janice Forysth (Sat, 1000–1130) with music and celebrity guests, Take the Floor (Sat, 1900–2030) and Reel Blend with cèilidh music, Pipeline (Sat, 2100–2200) with piping music and Classics Unwrapped with a classical mix.

Sport

As with BBC Radio 5 Live nationally, BBC Radio Scotland carries most, if not all, of the major sporting events linked to its coverage area, holding exclusive rights to the Scottish Premier League and producing several editions of its Sportsound programme on a multitude of frequencies on Saturdays during the season. The station also broadcasts live commmentaries from 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 main live coverage, Radio Scotland also produces popular sporting magazine 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. A 15-minute bulletin, Sports Report, reporting in-depth sport stories from Scotland and beyond at 12:45pm on weekdays. Every weekday evening, Sportsound also broadcasts on MW, 1810–2000, looking at different aspects of Scottish football each evening.

Local opt-outs

BBC Radio Orkney and BBC Radio Shetland both air 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 news and weather bulletins are broadcast from news studios in Selkirk, Dumfries, Aberdeen and Inverness on weekdays at 6:54am, 7:50am, 12:54pm and 4:54pm with additional bulletins from Inverness at 9:58am, 11:59am, 3:58pm and 5:58pm. Aberdeen opt-out bulletins are also broadcast on Radio Orkney and Radio Shetland.

Presenters

Radio Scotland presenters include:

News

Travel

Sport

Music

Lifestyle, Features and Documenteries

Past presenters



Heads of Radio, Scotland

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


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