Reporting Scotland

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Reporting Scotland
Reporting Scotland.png
Genre News
Presented by Jackie Bird
Sally Magnusson
Sally McNair
David Henderson
Country of origin Scotland
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio C, BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow
Running time Main bulletin:
30 minutes;
Short bulletins:
Durations vary
Production company(s) BBC Scotland
BBC News
Original network BBC One Scotland
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release 1 April 1968 (1968-04-01) – 21 October 1983 (1983-10-21);
30 July 1984 (1984-07-30) – present
Related shows Scotland 2014
An Là
External links

Reporting Scotland is BBC Scotland's national television news programme. The programme first aired on 1 April 1968, with three main presenters based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen - the best known being Mary Marquis. The programme has gone through a variety of presentation combinations, but since 2008 it has been anchored by one presenter most evenings: either Jackie Bird or Sally Magnusson. Reporting Scotland's current editor is Andrew Browne. It is the only Scottish national news programme in the English language on air, with commercial broadcaster STV providing regional news services for the North of Scotland (including an opt-out for Tayside) and the West and East of Central Scotland. ITV Border's news service is shown in southern Scotland and Cumbria.


Although BBC Television had been established in Scotland since February 1952, and had broadcast some opt-out programming, it did not start its Scottish television news service until Friday 30 August 1957, initially consisting of a five-minute bulletin at 6.05pm on weekdays and a sports results programme on Saturdays. The BBC was keen to launch the Scottish News Summary ahead of its new commercial rival in the central belt, Scottish Television (STV) and before the launch of similar bulletins elsewhere in the UK. As it turned out, STV began broadcasting the day after the launch of what was the BBC's first regional TV news bulletin. Topical magazine programmes were later introduced to supplement the Scottish news bulletins including Six Ten, A Quick Look Round and a weekly opt-out programme for the North of Scotland entitled Talk of the North.

Reporting Scotland was launched on 1 April 1968 - for much of its earlier history, the programme was presented from Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen and integrated into the Nationwide strand. As with the other parts of the UK, the Reporting Scotland news team often contributed reports to the Nationwide programme. When Nationwide ended in 1983, Reporting Scotland was briefly replaced by Scotland Sixty Minutes as part of the revamped news programme, Sixty Minutes, but was reinstated in 1984. Since that time, the name "Reporting Scotland" has also been used as the on-screen identity for all of BBC Scotland's television news bulletins.

Arguably the most famous of the former presenters was Mary Marquis, who was the familiar on-screen face of Reporting Scotland for 20 years. Regular co-presenters included John Milne, who remained with the BBC for many years, and Viv Lumsden and Alan Douglas. Jackie Bird has now presented the programme on a regular basis since 1989, making her the longest-serving presenter. Her 25 years on-air were marked in October 2014.

The viewing figures for the main evening programme averaged between 500,000 and 600,000 and have reached a million.[1] between 2011-12. The main transmitters for the programme are those at Durris near Stonehaven in Kincardineshire and Black Hill in North Lanarkshire.

BBC Scotland moved to BBC Pacific Quay in 2007. Reporting Scotland's first transmission from the new studios was a breakfast bulletin presented by Rob Matheson, transmitted at 6.25am on 20 August. The studio backdrop features the live view from cameras mounted on the roof of BBC Scotland's new headquarters on the southern banks of the Clyde. When it opened, the new building at Pacific Quay was one of the most up to date digital broadcasting facilities in the world and featured the BBC's first HD-capable newsroom.

Reporting Scotland's on-air look was most recently updated when a new set was built in Studio C at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay studios. This new look reflects the design of the BBC's network news programmes and BBC Wales Today. It was first seen on screen on 27 January 2014.[2]


On weekdays, the programme airs several times on BBC One Scotland:

Along with other BBC Scotland news and current affairs programming, it can be viewed as a live or on-demand (in full or as individual articles) video stream from the online BBC iPlayer.

The programme can also be watched in any part of the UK (and much of Europe) via the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service transmitted from the Astra satellite at 28.2° east:-

  • on channel 101 using Sky-branded proprietary satellite receivers with a Conditional access card associated with an address in Scotland
  • on channel 951 using a Sky-branded receiver with a card associated with a non-Scottish address or with no viewing card
  • on 10803 MHz, 22000Ksps, Horizontal polarisation, FEC 5/6 using a normal satellite receiver

Current on air team[edit]

Pauline McLean Arts Correspondent

Jamie McIvor Education Correspondent

Mark Daley Investigations Correspondent

Douglas Fraser Business Editor

Kevin Keane Environment Correspondent In addition, some other members of the newsroom team and full-time radio reporters occasionally compile reports - as do Gaelic journalists working for BBC Alba.

Former on air team[edit]


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