BBC Radio Scotland

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BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Scotland logo 2020.svg
City Glasgow
Broadcast area Scotland: FM, MW, DAB and Freeview
United Kingdom: BBC Sounds and cable and satellite television
Frequency FM: 92.594.7  MHz
AM: 585 and 810  kHz
DAB: 11B, 11C and 12D
Freeview: 719 (Scotland only)
Freesat: 712
Sky: 0116 (UK only)
Virgin Media: 930
Format News, music, sport, talk
Owner BBC
Operator BBC Scotland
First air date
23 November 1978 (1978-11-23)
Webcast BBC Sounds

BBC Radio Scotland is a Scottish radio network owned and operated by BBC Scotland, a division of the BBC. 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. Radio Scotland is broadcast in English, whilst sister station Radio nan Gaidheal broadcasts in Scottish Gaelic. [1]



The first BBC Radio Scotland broadcast was on 17 December 1973, two weeks earlier than planned. [2]

BBC Radio Scotland was founded as a full-time radio network on 23 November 1978. [3] 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.


The station broadcasts a wide range of programming, including news, debate, music, drama, comedy and sports. It is broadcast from the BBC Scotland headquarters in the Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

Local opt-outs

BBC Radio Orkney and BBC Radio Shetland opt out of BBC Radio Scotland for 30 minutes each weekday to broadcast a local news programme and during the winter months this is supplemented for both areas by an additional hour-long programme. Local news and weather bulletins are also broadcast as opt-outs from news studios in Selkirk, Dumfries, Aberdeen and Inverness on weekdays.

Notable presenters

Past presenters

Heads of Radio, Scotland

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.

Years servedH.R.S.
19781979John Pickles
19801983Christopher Irwin
19831987Stan Taylor
19871992Neil Fraser
19921996 James Boyle
19962000 Ken MacQuarrie
20002005Maggie Cunningham
20052017 Jeff Zycinski
2017present Gareth Hynes

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  1. McDowell, W.H. (1992). The History of BBC Broadcasting in Scotland 1923-1983. Edinburgh University Press. p. 260. ISBN   0-7486-0376-X.
  2. "Radio Scotland off their mark". The Herald. 18 December 1973. p. 5. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. Young, Andrew (7 November 1978). "Star line-up as Radio Scotland goes pop". The Herald . Glasgow. p. 4. Retrieved 1 April 2016.

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