Last updated

Genre Sport
Presented by Steven Thompson (Friday and Sunday highlights)
Leanne Crichton (Friday)
David Currie (Saturday results)
Jonathan Sutherland (Saturday highlights)
Rob MacLean (Sportscene Live)
Country of origin Scotland
Original language English
Production locations BBC Pacific Quay
Glasgow, Scotland
Running timeVaries
Production companies BBC Sport Scotland
(BBC Sport)
Original network BBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
BBC Scotland
Picture format 16:9 (576i)
16:9 (1080i)
Original release9 August 1975 (1975-08-09) 
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Sportscene is the name of a range of Scottish sports television programmes produced by BBC Scotland.



Sportscene's predecessors were Sports Special from Scotland and Sportsreel, [1] which was broadcast every Saturday at around 5pm (results and reports) and 10pm (highlights) in the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1970s, a Sportscene format of a 5pm programme called Scoreboard presented by Gordon Hewitt (as a regional opt-out from Grandstand), plus a 10pm show with highlights from one English and one Scottish league or cup match, was established. Sportscene also covered European and international matches, which usually involved highlights but occasionally live coverage. The show was presented by Archie Macpherson with commentary by Macpherson, Alastair Alexander or Peter Thomson.


A previous Sportscene set (2008) at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ. SportsceneStudio.PNG
A previous Sportscene set (2008) at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ.
Previous Sportscene titles (1990s) [by Liquid Image] BBC Sportscene titles from nineties.jpg
Previous Sportscene titles (1990s) [by Liquid Image]

There are a number of shows that come under the Sportscene brand.

Previous shows

Presenters, commentators and reporters

Sportscene's main anchors are David Currie and Jonathan Sutherland. Previous Sportscene presenters include Peter Thomson, Sandy McLeish, Bill Malcolm, Archie Henry, Murdoch McPherson, Brian Marjoribanks, Alastair Alexander, Charles Munro, Archie Macpherson, Gordon Hewitt, Andrew Alexander, Dougie Donnelly, Bill McFarlan, Jim Craig, Derek Johnstone, Louise Welsh, Hazel Irvine, Jock Brown, Mark Souster, Alison Walker, Mike Abbott, Richard Gordon, Jill Douglas, Gary Parker, John Beattie, Dougie Vipond, Stuart Cosgrove and Eilidh Barbour.

The programme's main commentary and reporting team consists of; lead commentator Liam McLeod, Paul Mitchell, John Barnes, Kheredine Idessane, Al Lamont, Jane Lewis and Chris McLaughlin.

Previous lead commentators have been Archie MacPherson (1969–1990), Jock Brown (1990–1997), Rob MacLean (1997–2004) and Paul Mitchell (2004–2010).

Reporters on Sportscene Results have included Jonathan Sutherland, Chris McLaughlin, Brian McLauchlin, Connie McLaughlin, Tam McManus, Kenny Crawford, Scott Davie, Martin Dowden, Jim Spence, Charlie Mann and Sandra Brown.


Former Sportscene's opening credits (2011) Sportscene2011.png
Former Sportscene's opening credits (2011)

Sportscene has begun simulcasting certain live matches via both the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport Mobile app. The UEFA Cup tie between Molde and Rangers was one of the first to feature online. Most programmes now feature on the BBC iPlayer service, depending on rights restrictions.

The programme is regularly parodied in the Scottish football impressionist show Only an Excuse? . Munchtime Sportscene is a name often used by the programme's makers, presumably a play on the currently rested Lunchtime Sportscene programme.

See also

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