BBC Radio Scotland
is BBC Scotland
's national English-language radio network
. It broadcasts a wide variety of programming, including news
, light entertainment
, the arts
. It replaced the Scottish BBC Radio 4
opt-out service of the same name from 23 November 1978.
BBC Radio Scotland broadcasts 24 hours, delivering archive programming under the name, the zones
, through the night.
BBC Radio Scotland was founded as a full-time radio network in 1978, although the name had been used since 1974 for the Scottish opt-out version of BBC Radio 4
(previously the Scottish Home Service
and then Radio 4 Scotland
). The establishment of a separate network was only made possible when Radio 4 became a fully national network and moved from medium wave to long wave.
Opt-out stations were established in Inverness
(BBC Radio Highland
) on 25 March 1976, followed by Radio Aberdeen
in April 1976, BBC Radio Orkney
and BBC Radio Shetland
in May 1977, Selkirk
(BBC Radio Tweed
) on 11 April 1983 and Dumfries
(BBC Radio Solway
) on 16 April 1983. Only the Orkney and Shetland stations still exist; the others had all closed by the early 1990s and are now served by Radio Scotland with four opt-out news bulletins a day. Previously planned opt-outs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee were never realised.
The most famous and controversial head of Radio Scotland in recent years was James Boyle
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