Uniformity to be introduced for BBC Radio Scotland regional news bulletins

LISTENERS to BBC Radio Scotland, living in the likes of Dumfries and Galloway, are to be provided more uniform bulletins of news affecting their region.

Currently, news bulletins on BBC Radio Scotland for listeners in the Highlands and Islands, the Scottish Borders and North-east Scotland, as well as Dumfries & Galloway, can last between one and ten minutes and be broadcast at various, irregular times of the day.

From Monday, however, the bulletins will now become six, six-minute slots on the half-hour – starting at 6.30am and then 7.30 and 8.30am during mornings, 12.30 for the lunchtime slot, and 4.30pm and 5.30pm for ‘drivetime’.

Says BBC Radio Scotland, in a media release: “The move is aimed at providing as many listeners as possible with the opportunity to hear a comprehensive news bulletin in their areas irrespective of when they can tune in.”

The release quotes John Boothman, head of news and current affairs, at BBC Scotland, as saying: “We know our audiences really appreciate getting the news, sport and weather from their own area from the BBC throughout the day so we hope by changing to this more regular pattern we’ll allow even more of them to do just that no matter what their daily routines are or when they’re able to tune in.”