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Sportscene is the name of a bouquet of Scottishmarker sports television programmes produced by BBC Scotland. Its main anchors are Dougie Donnelly, David Currie and Dougie Vipond, with Alison Walker and Richard Gordon acting as relief presenters. Previous Sportscene presenters include Archie Macpherson, who also commentated, Gordon Hewitt, Hazel Irvine, Jill Douglas, Mark Souster and Rob Maclean.

Sportscene is widely recognised in Scotland as the main national sports programme, bringing coverage of Celtic's run to the UEFA Cup Final in the 2002-03 season, Scotland's 2006 Six Nations triumph over England and the finale to the 2002-03 Premier League season, where the title was decided on the last day of the competition, into Scottish homes.


Sportscene's predecessor was Sportsreel, which was broadcast every Saturday at around 5pm (results and reports) and 10pm (highlights) in the 1960s. By the 1970s a Sportscene format of a 5pm programme called Scoreboard as a regional opt-out from Grandstand plus a 10pm show with highlights from one English and one Scottish league or cup match was established. Sportscene also covered European and international matches, which usually involved highlights but occasionally live coverage. The show was presented by Archie MacPherson with commentary by MacPherson, Alastair Alexander or Peter Thomson.

Present coverage

Although in previous seasons Sportscene provided live coverage of the Scottish Premier League, from the 2007/08 season onwards they have broadcast highlights only, with live rights having been bought by Setanta Sports and latterly Sky Sports and ESPN when the former went into administration. Also broadcast are highlights and selected live games of Scotland's international matches, including qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Football Championship, and exclusive live matches in the Scottish League Cup, officially known as the Co-operative Insurance Cup. Sportscene also shares rights to the Scottish Cup with Sky Sports and shows some games from European competitions that involve Scottish clubs. More recently, Sportscene Live has covered Scotland's 2006 Kirin Cup win and the final of the 2006 Under 19 European Championships, also involving Scotland.

Commentators & reporters

The programme's main commentary and reporting team consists of; lead commentator Paul Mitchell, John Barnes, Scott Davie, Kheredine Idessane, Alasdair Lamont, Rhona McLeod, Liam McLeod, Chris McLaughlin, Jim Spence, Alison Walker and Chick Young.

Previous lead commentators have been Archie MacPherson (1969-1990), Jock Brown (1990-1997) and Rob MacLean (1997-2004).


Sportscene set at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ.
There are a number of shows that come under the Sportscene brand.

  • Sportscene Rugby Special was the title of BBC Scotland's domestic rugby union programming when it held the rights to the Scottish leagues.

  • All other football related programming is simply branded as Sportscene. This includes highlights packages and other one-off specials.


Sportscene (Live)'s opening credits
Sportscene has begun simulcasting certain live matches via the 'BBC Scotland Player' on the internet. The UEFA Cup tie between Molde and Rangers was one of the first to feature on


The graphics used on Sportscene, and other BBC Sport Scotland programming, whilst of a style similar to the UK-wide BBC Sport package, differ in appearance with a silver/blue diagonal style which is unique to Scottish coverage.

Sportscene's title song is called I Can Feel It by The Silencers.

In popular culture

The programme is regularly parodied in the Scottish football impressionist show Only an Excuse?. Munchtime Sportscene is a name often used by the programme's makers, presumably a play on the currently rested Lunchtime Sportscene programme.

See also


  1. BBC Scotland's new SPL coverage deal

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