BBC Radio Scotland is to make changes to its regional news bulletins.The broadcaster is to move the slots to more uniform times and durations from Monday the 30th September.
Presently varying in both duration and on-air time, the bulletins will now become six six-minute slots on the half-hour – starting at 6.30am, and then 7.30am and 8.30am during mornings; 12.30pm for the lunchtime slot, and 4.30pm and 5.30pm for drivetime.
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.
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. – John Boothman, Head of BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs.
Broadcasting six six-minute bulletins will replace the present pattern of bulletins – which varies in duration from one to 10 minutes – and will see a slightly increased daily output overall the beeb say.