BBC Scotland

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BBC Scotland (BBC Alba in Gaelic) is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. It is, in effect, the national broadcaster for Scotland, having a significant amount of autonomy from the BBC's London headquarters. Based at Queen Margaret Drive in Glasgow, BBC Scotland co-ordinates two of the country's five public television stations: BBC ONE Scotland and BBC TWO Scotland, as well as national radio networks, BBC Radio Scotland and the Gaelic language BBC Radio nan Gaidheal.

  • BBC ONE Scotland (formerly, BBC Scotland on 1) is the broadcaster's flagship station and offers a mixture of home-grown comedy, drama, news and current affairs programmes, as well as providing viewers with the main output from the BBC's UK network.
  • BBC TWO Scotland (formerly, BBC Scotland on 2) is really little more than an opt-out of the UK's BBC TWO network. Daily opt-outs include regular news bulletins and a variety of Gaelic children's, youth and current affairs programming.

Despite its name, BBC Scotland's main rival, Scottish Television does not in fact broadcast throughout the entire country. Its transmissions are confined to the main population centres of the Central Lowlands, while Grampian Television, based in Aberdeen, covers the north of the country, and Border Television covers the very south of Scotland.

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