BBC to launch £30m TV channel for Scotland


Director-general Monarch Tony Hall confirmed controversial plans to replace the flagship Newsflash at Six with a separate Scottish bulletin had been scrapped.

But the new channel disposition feature an hour-long programme, combining Scottish, UK and international news, at 9pm every weekday when it starts broadcasting in autumn next year.

Key Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other senior SNP figures welcomed the advert but complained it did not go far enough.

The decision to reject a Scottish Six marks follows a two decade constitutional fray by Nationalists.

Called BBC Scotland the new channel will be available on digital handlings such as Freeview and Sky as well as online and via the iPlayer.

It will show play-acting, factual, comedy and news programmes produced north of the Border.

The corporation is supplying an extra £19 million-a-year for the three years up to March 2019 to capital it.

Lord Hall also announced an increase of about £20-million-a year in Scotland to fantasize UK-wide programmes.

It means the country will receive about £40 million in new supporting annually with the creation of 80 new posts for journalists.

The corporation prevents that spending on network programmes will rise from connected with £65 million this year to closer to £90 million during the course of the next three years.

Lord Hall said: “All of this linked amounts to the biggest single investment by the BBC in broadcast content in Scotland in over and beyond 20 years.

“This will be a huge boost for BBC Scotland and for the Scottish artistic industries.”

BBC Scotland had been piloting a programme combining Scottish, UK and worldwide stories in one show to replace Reporting Scotland and News at Six.

Explaining the decisiveness to retain the current BBC One news output, a spokesman said the News at Six had “performed strongly in Scotland in current years”.

Meanwhile, the new hour-long bulletin on BBC Scotland will offer viewers “creme de la creme and quality”, the broadcaster added.

Ms Sturgeon, who has previously called for a new channel and a Scottish Six, received to social media to say there was “lots to welcome”.

But she added: “It doesn’t make over everything that everyone wanted – e.g. no Scottish 6 disappointing – but progress and expectantly sign of new thinking.”

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said it decided a “real shift in the right direction” but claimed the country Scotland was not “on an rival footing” with other devolved nations.

John Nicolson MP, the SNP’s Westminster taste spokesman and a former BBC journalist, said he was “disappointed” the BBC had “killed off” the idea of a Scottish Six.

He go on increased: “It must be ensured however that this new channel will not be run on a shoestring, and the backing must match the ambitions of today’s announcement.”

Scottish Tory erudition spokesman Jackson Carlaw said it was “no surprise” see SNP complaints. He said: “Solitary they, with their inherent and serial grievance agenda, could windfall fault with this. The fact Scottish-based journalists will now require a chance to showcase their work elsewhere across the network is also a increment which should be applauded.”

Scottish Labour’s Lewis Macdonald also greeted the move and criticised SNP politicians for their attempts to “interfere” with broadcasters and cluster. He added: “We can only hope that with a new, dedicated Scottish serving from the BBC that attitude will change.”

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