Ofcom has now provisionally approved a new BBC channel for Scottish audiences.

The BBC says it will invest in new drama, comedy and factual programmes “to bring fresh talent and a range of perspectives to Scotland’s screens.” There will also be a one hour, news programme broadcast each week-night at 9pm, featuring “international, UK and national stories, told from a Scottish perspective.” Recruitment is underway to fill the 80 new journalism posts that will be created.

Steve Carson, multi-platform commissioning head at BBC Scotland, said: "This is very welcome news as we continue to develop our proposals. Careful planning has been under way over the past year and we can now build on that following today’s announcement. We’re planning a channel for modern Scotland, a home for compelling, quality content that appeals to and reflects the diversity of Scottish audiences. It will enable viewers in Scotland to see more of their lives, stories and interests on screen as well as offering the chance to watch great content from elsewhere."

He adds: "A lot of exciting programme ideas have already been pitched to us from across the creative sector in Scotland. We’ve already ‘green lit’ some projects and are piloting others."

Jon Creamer

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