BBC TV coverage of election count reaches 1.5m-plus Scot

BBC One Scotland’s night-long coverage of the General Election count last night peaked at 370,000 viewers at 11pm, with the average between 10pm, when programming began, until two in the morning at 280,000 – some 26 per cent of the available TV audience.

While Glenn Campbell was anchoring the BBC One Scotland coverage, on BBC Two Scotland it was David Dimbleby at the helm – of the election coverage going out UK-wide. Its peak audience in Scotland was 220,000 and its average was 150,000, a 15 per cent share.

In terms of reach – ie the number of people tuning in for at least three minutes – the BBC One Scotland coverage reached 1.3 million, while the BBC Two Scotland programme reached 480,000.

Says Atholl Duncan, head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland: “We are delighted that so many viewers came to the BBC for the news and analysis of an intriguing election night.

“Thoughout the campaign we have produced a wide range of content across television, radio and online from around Scotland and the UK, bringing clarity to the issues for our audiences.

“Our up-to-the-minute reporting and scrutiny of the results as they came in was appreciated by our audiences. This election story still has some way to run and we will be staying on top of it in the days and weeks ahead.”