Three of Scotland's best-known media brands are to combine in a search for Scotland's greatest music album.
To be broadcast on STV, the series – Scotland's Greatest Album – is to involve The Scottish Sun newspaper and Real Radio Scotland.
Each week, viewers will choose their favourite three tracks from an expert panel list of 15 songs from each decade, from the 1970s.
‘Scotland’s Greatest Album’ will be unveiled during the fifth episode, with the top three tracks from each decade, as chosen by viewers.
Both The Scottish Sun and Real Radio will encourage listeners and readers to join in the debate. They’ll promote the show, covering the stories that evolve from the interviews featured in the series, as well as the crucial countdown to the final reveal of Scotland’s Greatest Album. Real Radio will also simultaneously broadcast 15 short-listed songs from each decade, encouraging voters to go online to stv.tv to select their top three.
Scotland's Greatest Album will be presented by Clare Grogan. The series is due to air in the Autumn.
In a statement issued by STV, Alan Clements, director of content at STV, is quoted, as saying: “This is a unique collaboration whereby STV will produce a new five-part series that will really capture the imagination of music fans across Scotland, supported by two fantastic Scottish brands in Real Radio and The Scottish Sun. Scotland’s Greatest Album has already provoked huge debate in the production phase, so we’re delighted to be working together on what we’re confident will be a great, interactive series that’ll have everybody talking.”
Gavin Bruce, managing director of Real Radio Scotland, is also quoted, as saying: “I’m delighted Real Radio has partnered STV and The Scottish Sun on such an innovative project. Creating this brand new TV and radio show has reminded me of the part our nation has played in popular music over the last four decades and I have no doubt that Scots, passionate and patriotic as we are, will love to debate the shortlists and have their say on what tracks should make the final twelve. I know what my choices are and the team at Real Radio can’t wait to see what the country chooses as the songs that will make up Scotland’s Greatest Album.”
And Andy Harries, editor of The Scottish Sun, is further quoted, as saying: “There is already a huge buzz around this unique project which unites Scotland's top three media groups for the first time. Scots are famously passionate about their music and everyone will have an opinion on what should be on Scotland's greatest album. The Scottish Sun can't wait for the great debate to start, on screen, on air and in print.”