BBC to launch Scottish TV channel with hour-long news programme
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 23, 2017,
Feb 23, 2017, 5:48
It will be shown between 7pm and midnight, and include a nightly Scottish-led hour-long news and current affairs programme aired at 9pm.
Overall, this means the BBC plans to more than reverse the £26.5m cut in funding from 2014/15 to 2015/16.
"We know that viewers in Scotland love BBC television, but we also know that they want us to better reflect their lives and better reflect modern Scotland".
The BBC in Scotland will also receive an additional £20m a year to make UK-wide network programmes, with a focus on drama and factual programming.
"It doesn't deliver everything that everyone wanted - e.g.no Scottish 6 disappointing - but progress and hopefully sign of new thinking". "We also need to ensure that Scotland actually gets a fair share of the licence fee that is raised in Scotland, as while today's announcement will improve the situation it will still leave Scotland trailing behind the other nations of the United Kingdom in terms of proportionate investment".
It rejected calls for a so-called "Scottish Six", but the channel will include an hour-long news programme, combining Scottish, UK and worldwide news, at 9pm every weekday.
The Scottish Government will also take "early action" to implement the recommendations of former RBS chair Ken Barclay's review of the Scottish business rates system, which is due to report in July, finance secretary Derek Mackay said in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.
The plans were welcomed by the Scottish Government, which has previously called for the creation of a new dedicated channel. The BBC will be creating 80 new posts for journalists to work on the channel.
STV News Tonight will be a new half hour 7pm weeknight programme using STV and ITV News resources to offer a comprehensive service of Scottish, UK and global news from a Scottish perspective.
This brings the total increase in investment in Scotland to almost £40m.
"Announced in September 2016, the new channel will include the first integrated Scottish, UK and worldwide news programme".
"This will be a huge boost for BBC Scotland and for the Scottish creative industries".
"Many members had contacted us to say their schemes could simply not operate with the proposed rates burden, and we are happy the relief for new hydro schemes will be continued and the eligibility threshold for a scheme to receive community renewables relief is to be reduced".