Scottish media

Scottish media

Scottish media has a long and distinct history. Scotland has a wide range of different types and quality of media.


Film in Scotland



BBC Scotland runs two national television stations. Much of the output of BBC Scotland Television, such as most news, current affairs and sport programmes, and the Glasgow-based soap opera, "River City", are intended for broadcast within Scotland, whilst others, for example many drama and comedy programmes, aim at audiences throughout the United Kingdom and worldwide markets. Newsnight Scotland broadcasts between 11pm and 11.20pm every weeknight.

Two Independent Television stations, STV and Border, also broadcast in Scotland. Although they previously had independent existences, Scottish TV (serving the Central Lowlands) and Grampian (serving the Highlands and Islands) now belong to the same company (STV Group plc) and resemble each other closely, apart from local news coverage. "ITV Border" has had a more complex position, as it also has to serve neighbouring areas across the border in England, as well as the Isle of Man, and it now has separate news programs for each side of the border. Most of the independent television output equates to that transmitted in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the exception of news and current affairs, sport, comedy, cultural and Scottish Gaelic language programming.

Tele-G is the only Gaelic language service available on digital terrestial television, broadcasting Across Scotland on the Freeview platform every night between 6pm and 7pm on Channel 8. BBC Alba broadcasts on Sky Digital and Freesat, 12 hours a day.


Scotland has its own BBC services which include the national radio stations, BBC Radio Scotland and Scottish Gaelic language service, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, which is available in the North of Scotland. There are also a number of BBC and independent local radio stations throughout the country.



Scotland produces several national newspapers, the "Daily Record" (Scotland's leading tabloid), the broadsheet "The Herald", based in Glasgow, and "The Scotsman" in Edinburgh. "The Herald", formerly known as the "Glasgow Herald", changed its name to promote a national rather than a regional identity, while "The Scotsman", which used to be a broadsheet, recently switched to tabloid format.

Sunday newspapers include the tabloid "Sunday Mail" (published by "Daily Record" parent company Trinity Mirror) and the "Sunday Post", while the "Sunday Herald" and "Scotland on Sunday" have associations with "The Herald" and "The Scotsman" respectively.

Regional dailies include "The Courier and Advertiser" in Dundee and the east, and "The Press and Journal" serving Aberdeen and the north.


There are over 700 magazines published in Scotland, by nearly 200 organisations, with an estimated total turnover of £157m per annum [ [ Report - The Magazine Industry in Scotland] , Periodical Publishers Association Scotland] .


Scotland does not have many dedicated online news services. The is popular. It is based in Edinburgh but covers all of Scotland. Evening Times & The Herald covers mostly Glasgow and the West. Scot24news covers the central belt and is the smallest online news organisation. This site relies on news donations from student journalists and hobby writers.


ee also

*Media in Glasgow
*STV Group plc
*Scottish Screen
*List of Scottish companies
*Scottish topics
*Mass media
*Gaelic broadcasting in Scotland
*Scottish Broadcasting Commission

External links

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* [ PR Scotland]

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