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|Frequency|| FM: 92.5–94.7 MHz |
AM: 585 and 810 kHz
DAB: 11B, 11C and 12D
Freeview: 719 (Scotland only)
Sky: 0116 (UK only)
Virgin Media: 930 RDS: BBC SCOT
|First air date||23 November 1978|
|Format||News, music, sport, talk|
|Webcast||BBC iPlayer Radio|
BBC Radio Scotland is BBC Scotland's national English-language radio network. It broadcasts a wide variety of programmes. It replaced the Scottish BBC Radio 4 opt-out service of the same name from 23 November 1978.
BBC Scotland is a division of the BBC and the main public broadcaster in Scotland.
BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is Gwyneth Williams, and the station is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department. The station is broadcast from the BBC's headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role. There are no details of when or who will be her replacement.
The first BBC Radio Scotland broadcast was on 17 December 1973, two weeks earlier than planned.
BBC Radio Scotland was founded as a full-time radio network on 23 November 1978.Previously it was possible only to opt out of BBC Radio 4, and the service was known as Radio 4 Scotland or, formally on air, as "BBC Scotland Radio 4". The establishment of a separate network was made possible when Radio 4 became a fully UK-wide network when it moved from medium wave to long wave and new VHF (FM) transmitters were brought into service so that Radio 4 and Radio Scotland no longer had to share on FM. However it was not until the early 1990s that Radio 4 was available on FM across all of Scotland so for its first decade on air, the station only broadcast during the day so that Radio 4 could be heard on Radio Scotland's transmitters in the evening to compensate for poorer AM reception after dark.
Medium wave (MW) is the part of the medium frequency (MF) radio band used mainly for AM radio broadcasting. For Europe the MW band ranges from 526.5 kHz to 1606.5 kHz, using channels spaced every 9 kHz, and in North America an extended MW broadcast band ranges from 525 kHz to 1705 kHz, using 10 kHz spaced channels. The term is a historic one, dating from the early 20th century, when the radio spectrum was divided on the basis of the wavelength of the waves into long wave (LW), medium wave, and short wave (SW) radio bands.
The station broadcasts a wide range of programming, including news, debate, music, drama, comedy and sports.
News and current affairs programming has always constituted the dominant part of BBC Radio Scotland's schedules, especially on weekdays. In addition to regular, mostly hourly, news bulletins, the station broadcasts a wide range of longer, more in-depth news and current affairs strands.
Good Morning Scotland (weekdays, 0600–0900) is Scotland's longest-running radio programme and one of the most popular in the country, providing regular news, sport, business, travel and weather bulletins along with interviews and in-depth reports in a manner similar to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, but from a Scottish perspective. It also features the daily religious slot Thought for the Day, again similar to that broadcast on Radio 4's Today programme.
Good Morning Scotland is a Scottish breakfast radio news programme. It is broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland weekdays from 06:00 to 09:00. Established in 1973, it is the longest-running radio show broadcast from Scotland and remains one of the most popular. Weekend editions, broadcast between 08:00 and 10:00, were introduced in early 2015.
Today, colloquially known as The Today Programme, is BBC Radio 4's long-running early-morning news and current affairs programme, broadcast on Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 9:00 am, and from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Saturday. It is the highest-rated programme on Radio 4, and one of the BBC's most popular programmes across its radio networks. Consisting of in-depth political interviews and reports interspersed with regular news bulletins, as well as Thought for the Day, it has been voted the most influential news programme in Britain in setting the political agenda, with an average weekly listening audience around 7 million. It was voted the Best National Speech Breakfast Show at the 2016 Radio Academy Awards.
The other daily news and current affairs strands are the Morning Call phone-in with Kaye Adams and Louise White (0900-1200), John Beattie (1200–1330) and Newsdrive (1600–1830). BBC Radio Scotland also air live First Minister's Questions from the Scottish Parliament (Thu, 1200-1230 (MW)) and Brian Taylor's Big Debate hosted by BBC Scotland's political editor and is in a similar format to Question Time (Fri, 1215–1300).
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Weekend current affairs programming includes weekend editions of Good Morning Scotland (0800-1000), Shereen (Sat, 1000–1200) and Business Scotland (Sat, 0600-0630, repeated Sun, 0730–0800). During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Scotland simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live programmes (0100–0600 daily).
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that broadcasts mainly news, sport, discussion, interviews and phone-ins. It is the principal radio station covering sport in the United Kingdom, broadcasting virtually all major sports events staged in the UK or involving British competitors.
Radio Scotland's music output is designed to cater for a wide range of tastes. Daily programmes include The Janice Forsyth Show (1400–1600), Get It On (1830–2100 (FM)) and The Iain Anderson Show (2300–0100).
From Monday to Friday, the 2100–2300 slot on FM is held by various music programmes through the week. On Monday, Vic Galloway hosts new bands and new music. Tuesday is home to Another Country with Ricky Ross. The Jazz House on Wednesday presents a range of jazz music and on Thursdays Edith Bowman presents The Quay Sessions featuring live music from the foyer of BBC Radio Scotland. Repeats of Another Country and The Jazz House are broadcast on Friday evenings.
Weekend programming includes Ricky Ross (Sun, 1000–1200) with music and celebrity guests, Take the Floor (Sat, 1900–2100) and Reel Blend with cèilidh music, Pipeline (Sat, 2100–2200) with piping music, Travelling Folk (Sun, 1900-2100) which features traditional music old and new, Classics Unwrapped (Sun, 2100-2300) and Music Through Midnight with Billy Sloan (Sat, 2200-0100 and Sun, 2300-0100).
As with BBC Radio 5 Live nationally, BBC Radio Scotland carries most of the major sporting events linked to its coverage area, holding non-exclusive rights to the Scottish Premier League and producing several editions of its Sportsound programme on a multitude of frequencies on Saturdays during the season. The station also broadcasts live commentaries from both of Scotland's domestic football cup competitions, Scotland football internationals and European games affecting Scottish teams and the rugby union Six Nations championships.
Alongside the main live coverage, Radio Scotland also produces popular sporting magazine shows such as football fanzine Off the Ball and the multi-sports programme Sports Nation, presented by former Scotland rugby player, John Beattie. Every weekday evening during the football season, Sportsound also broadcasts on MW, 1810–19.00, looking at different aspects of Scottish football in tandem with live games.
BBC Radio Orkney and BBC Radio Shetland both air a half-hour daily news programme - Around Orkney (0730–0800) and Good Evening Shetland (1730–1800). During the winter months, this is supplemented for both areas by an hour-long programme, broadcast Monday-Friday, between 1805–1900.
Local news and weather bulletins are broadcast from news studios in Selkirk, Dumfries, Aberdeen and Inverness on weekdays at 0630, 0730, 0830, 1230, 1630 and 1730.
The title "Head of Radio, Scotland" was applied to cover not only the Radio Scotland service but also BBC Scotland's radio productions for other networks.
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Cambridgeshire. It originally broadcast from studios on Hills Road (A1307) close to the railway station in Cambridge - which have now moved to a new multimillion-pound centre at the Cambridge Business Park on Cowley Road - and a studio on Priestgate in Peterborough. It broadcasts on 96 and 95.7 FM, 1026MW, DAB, and via its web page using RealPlayer. It started broadcasting on 1 May 1982 and was originally known as Radio Cambridge.
BBC Radio Gloucestershire is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Gloucestershire, which started on 3 October 1988. It broadcasts from its studios at Portland Court in London Road, Gloucester on DAB, 95 FM (Stroud), 95.8 FM (Cirencester), 104.7 FM, 1413 MW in the Cotswolds & Forest of Dean.
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BBC Radio Foyle is a BBC Northern Ireland local radio station, serving County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. It is named after the River Foyle which flows through Derry, the city where the station is based. The station broadcasts from BBC's Northland Road studios on 93.1 FM and 792 MW in Derry, County Londonderry. There is also a small television studio based there used for interviews with the interviewee sitting in front of a CSO screen which normally has a live view of Derry.
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