The BBC Scotland channel launched on 24th February 2019 (it is separate from the current BBC Scotland arm of BBC One) and will consist of 50 brand new materials, on a budget of £32 million. There will also be a news offering at 9pm each weekday night, which will feature “international, UK and Scottish stories, told from a Scottish perspective”.
Steve Carson, BBC Scotland’s Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning, says: ” We’ve been working with more than 70 suppliers across the creative sector to help fulfil our vision for the new BBC Scotland channel – a channel for modern Scotland with quality, compelling content. Across the genres – from documentaries, drama, news, sport, comedy and entertainment programmes – BBC Scotland will reflect the lives and interests of Scottish audiences on screen.”
Donald MacKinnon, Director of BBC Scotland, says: ” The excitement over the new channel has been building, and by unveiling some of our key programmes today viewers will get a more detailed idea of what they can expect to see. Our commissioning team has curated an ambitious and engaging schedule aimed at reflecting Scotland in the 21st century, while satisfying our appetite to see the best of what’s on offer from around the rest of the world.”