Hogmanay Live

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Hogmanay Live is BBC Scotland's annual live event programme broadcast from either Edinburgh Castle's Great Hall or BBC Pacific Quay on Hogmanay (New Year's Eve). Regardless of location, the programme rings in the New Year with the firing of Edinburgh Castle's One O'Clock Gun and the subsequent fireworks and celebrations in Edinburgh. Occasionally the programme is networked across the United Kingdom on BBC One and it is also streamed live over bbc.co.uk on the internet.

The programme features a mixture of Scottish contemporary and folk music, with some past programming also featuring live coverage of parts of the Princes Street concert in Edinburgh.

Its current presenter is Jackie Bird.


The programme has its roots in The White Heather Club which preceded it. Whilst Hogmanay Live is vastly different nowadays from the programme that came before it, The White Heather Club brought the Scottish tradition of Hogmanay to television for the first time. Various incarnations and evolutions of the show have appeared over the years, such as The Hogmanay Show, which blend the old with the new and mark the beginning of a New Year from a distinctly Scottish perspective. Hogmanay Live, briefly renamed New Year Live in 1998, has continued this tradition, giving viewers a chance to both reflect on the year gone by and look forward to the year ahead in a uniquely Scottish fashion.


In 2005, performances on Hogmanay Live were a mix of segments from the open-air concert in Princes...
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