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									BBC Scotland
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National Governor’s          Controller’s overview    Interactive
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Broadcasting                                          Symphony Orchestra
Council for Scotland         24
                             Radio                    38
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BBC Scotland                 28
Advisory committees          News and                 Awards
                             current affairs
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BBC Children in Need         32                       Finance
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Review of Progress against   34                       Getting in touch
objectives 2005/06           Gàidhlig

BBC Scotland’s
objectives 2006/07

                                                     BBC Scotland Annual Review 2005/2006   1
National                                                                                Jeremy Peat
                                                                                        BBC National Governor for Scotland

                                                    In a year of major debate           was room for improvement in the              White Paper on the future of the BBC.
                                                    regarding the BBC, and              cultural representation of Scotland on       The Council welcomes the decision
                                                    significant governance               local and network services. Research has     to include members on the new BBC
                                           restructuring, BBC Scotland made             been commissioned in this area and the       Trust carrying specific responsibilities
                                           significant progress to improve quality       results will be considered in the            for the UK’s nations and regions. As
                                           and enhance value for money for the          year ahead.                                  the sole National Governor to transfer
                                           licence payer in Scotland.                                                                to the new body, I intend to ensure
                                                                                        New approaches to political journalism       that in its work the Trust will enhance
                                           BBC Scotland television, radio and           have been introduced, but engaging           the accountability of the BBC to its
                                           online services continued to perform         the wider audience with political            audiences in Scotland.
                                           strongly, while paying due attention         issues remains a challenge. The Council
                                           to the needs of specific sections of          identified two specific concerns in            The White Paper and the associated
                                           the audience.                                relation to network news output. On          Draft Charter provide an exciting
                                                                                        the first, a view that more attention         framework for public service
                                           The number of programmes                     should be paid to explaining the             broadcasting in the digital age. In
                                           commissioned by the networks from            differences between devolved and             its work during the year, BBC Scotland
                                           BBC Scotland met or exceeded the             reserved issues, I believe that significant   has ensured that it is well placed
                                           targets set. The Broadcasting Council        progress is being made. On the second,       to overcome the challenges ahead
                                           for Scotland welcomed the decision           enhancing the reporting of devolved          and offer enhanced public value
                                           to establish a network commissioning         issues for a UK audience, I look for         for audiences throughout Scotland.
                                           presence in Glasgow.                         further progress in the year ahead.          In the year ahead, preparations for
                                                                                                                                     the move to Pacific Quay will add
                                           The introduction of regional text            The Council and BBC Scotland                 to both challenge and opportunity.
                                           services in April 2006 marked a              fully understand that a broadcaster
                                           significant step on the route to new          dependent on licence fee funding
                                           services for the regions of Scotland.        must listen to audiences and deliver
                                           This had been identified as an audience       the highest standards of efficiency in
                                           priority in the findings of the 2003 BBC      its operations. Additional priorities for
                                           Scotland Journalism Review, which had        the year ahead include strengthening         .
                                           been scrutinised and approved by the         accountability to audiences, and
                                           Council. Further enhancement of this         delivering BBC Scotland’s savings and
                                           service is a priority for the year ahead.    business change plan to maximise value
                                                                                        for money for licence payers.
                                           A range of initiatives during the year has
                                           helped strengthen links with audiences       Throughout the year, the Council voiced
                                           and communities across Scotland.             the concerns of audiences in Scotland
                                           Specifically I am pleased that there was      on the issues that mattered to them
                                           significant progress in discussions with      - from the new graphics on network
                                           external partners, and primarily with the    weather forecasts to the preparations
                                           Gaelic Media Service, on developing a        for digital switchover. The Council
                                           digital service for Gaelic audiences.        held events in Galashiels and Dumfries
                                                                                        designed both to inform and to act as a
                                           However, the Council identified a             forum for the concerns of those viewers
                                           number of key issues for the future.         who will be first to switchover, in 2008.
                                           Nurturing creative talent in the
                                           Scottish media sector will be crucial        In March the Government’s plans to
                                           to continuing success and hence this         strengthen the BBC’s accountability
                                           remains a priority. Members felt there       to its audiences were outlined in the            SSO Proms in the Park. Photograph by Ian Watson

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                                                                                                                                                                                         L-R main shot                                       8 Graham Houston, Director of Craigton
                                                                                                                                                                                         1 Douglas Chalmers, Lecturer in Economics at          Coaching and Consultancy Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                            Glasgow Caledonian University                    9 Bill Matthews, Director of Management
                                                                                                                                                                                         2 Brian Menzies, Regional Manager, Envirocentre       Consultancy M2M2 Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                         3 Namasiku Liandu, Lecturer in Accounting and       Not in photo
                                                                                                                                                                                            Finance at the University of Abertay, Dundee       Prof Vicki Bruce, Vice Principal, Head
                                                                                                                                                                                         4 Dr Rak Nandwani, Consultant Physician               of Humanities and Social Science at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the University of Edinburgh
                                                                                                                                                                                         5 Jeremy Peat, BBC National Governor for Scotland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Alexandra Miller, Director of Strategy and
                                                                                                                                                                                         6 Dr Mark Dames, Senior Consultant with BT            Communications at the National Library

    Broadcasting Council for Scotland                                                                                                                                                    7 Dr Eleanor Logan, Chief Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                            of the Voluntary Action Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of Scotland

The Broadcasting Council for Scotland,          Council business                              The Chair/National Governor was keen         The Council’s public meeting in Galashiels    Accountability Forum in October, the                conference on digital switchover and the
established under the BBC Royal Charter,        In addition to considering detailed reports   to ensure that BBC network news staff        in October 2005 attracted over 130 local      Board of Governors’ public meeting in               BBC Charter in the Scottish Parliament
exists to ensure that the interests of          on BBC Scotland’s performance against         remained aware of issues relating to the     people, members of community groups           Glasgow in November and a meeting with              in February 2006.
licence fee payers in Scotland are              objectives, the Council examined issues       reporting of devolved and reserved issues.   and MSPs. It was the first public meeting      representatives of the Department of
properly represented. The Council also          such as digital switchover, BBC Editorial     The Broadcasting Council continued to        in the area on digital switchover, planned    Culture, Media and Sport in January 2006.           Council membership
acts as primary adviser to the Board of         Policy, changes to BBC Governance and         monitor instances where there had been       for 2008, and the first public presentation                                                        Membership of the panel which appoints
Governors on issues affecting Scotland.         the design of BBC Scotland’s Pacific           failure to distinguish between the two in    by the Chief Executive of Digital UK.         Members attended the opening of BBC                 members to the Broadcasting Council
                                                Quay headquarters.                            network news reporting. The issue had                                                      Scotland’s Selkirk premises in October,             was refreshed in 2005.
It is chaired by the BBC National                                                             also been raised at public meetings. A       Events                                        Children in Need night in November, the
Governor for Scotland, Jeremy Peat, and         The Council met formally with the             module had now been established, to          The Council had representation at a BBC       launch in Scotland of BBC jam (the ‘Digital         The Scottish Appointments Panel now
meets monthly with senior BBC Scotland          Ofcom Scotland Advisory Committee             be delivered to BBC journalists through      Scotland Disability Workshop in April 2005    Curriculum’) in January 2006, and a Joint           comprises the BBC National Governor
management to debate programme and              in December 2005. Matters discussed           the BBC Journalism College.                  and reported that it had been gratifying to   Broadcasting Councils’ Conference in                for Scotland, the former Council Vice-
corporate issues. It also advises the Board     included accountability, media literacy                                                    see programme-makers involved in debate       Cardiff in September 2005 where there               Chair Professor Hugh Pennington, former
on BBC Scotland’s annual objectives and         and digital switchover.                       Charter Review                               on how to reflect such issues in output.       were discussions on accountability and              Council member Donald John MacInnes
monitors progress on these.                                                                   Several members of the Council attended      There were location visits to the sets of     representation. A follow-up conference              and the Commissioner for Public
                                                In its discussions the Council was critical   the Royal Society of Arts/BBC Scotland       Monarch of the Glen and River City and        was held in Edinburgh in June 2006.                 Appointments in Scotland, Karen Carlton.
The Council is itself advised by a number       of recent changes to the BBC weather          event on the Government’s Green Paper        members met with presentation and
of BBC Scotland advisory groups. These          map. Members sought assurances from           on the BBC, held in Edinburgh in June        production staff on the evening of the        The Chair/National Governor and the                 One advert for new Council members
provide feedback to management on               management on how consultations had           2005. Meetings took place with members       General Election on 5 May 2005.               Controller, BBC Scotland reported to                attracted a record 114 completed
education, religion, Gaelic and rural affairs   been carried out prior to implementation      of the Gaelic community in Inverness,                                                      the Scottish Parliament’s Enterprise and            applications. Plans are currently being
and agricultural output. With the Scottish      and what future changes were planned.         opinion-formers in Glasgow, and MPs          The Chair/National Governor addressed         Culture Committee in November 2005                  developed to use new technology to
Children in Need and Appeals Advisory           Detailed discussion took place on the         in Westminster (following publication        an all-staff meeting in June, and heard the   on issues pertaining to efficiency savings,          expand the Council’s ability to capture
Committee, they also offer the Council          BBC Reviews and their impact in Scotland.     of the 2004/05 BBC Scotland Annual           concerns of staff on issues including the     local services and BBC Scotland’s future            the views and concerns of licence fee
valuable access to expert groups within         Members received assurances that the          Review). There were receptions with          impact of efficiency savings. Members          development. Members of the Council                 payers across Scotland.
specific communities. Detailed logs of           quality of BBC Scotland output would not      MSPs and opinion-formers in Edinburgh        also attended the Board of Governors’         also attended the Voice of the Viewer
audience responses to BBC and BBC               be affected by value for money savings.       and Glasgow in December.                     ‘virtual AGM’ in London in July, an           and Listener/ Royal Society of Arts
Scotland output are considered each month.

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    BBC Scotland                                                                                                                        Children in Need

    Committees                                  The Adventure Show                                                                      BBC Children in Need

Educational Broadcasting                        In response to a request from the           Gaelic Advisory                             On Friday 18 November 2005 the                The final ‘on-air’ total pledged in Scotland    Dundee to help build a new riding facility
                                                Committee, BBC Scotland identified                                                       BBC Children in Need Appeal once              on the night was £971,115. The total           for the disabled.
Council for Scotland                            a programme director to draw together
                                                                                            Committee                                   again brought together individuals and        pledged on the night throughout the UK
The Educational Broadcasting Council            all rural, environmental, agricultural      The Committee met in March 2006.            communities throughout Scotland. It is an     as a whole was over £17 million, a figure       For a full list of grants awarded
for Scotland met in June and November           content from across the country. The        Members heard a report on Gaelic            occasion when the whole of the BBC joins      expected to double when all donations          see the Scottish website:
2005. It offers BBC Scotland unique access      BBC Scotland Head of Programmes             services during the year and highlighted    together in support of a single project on    are finally received and counted.     
to a representative group of Scottish           and Services would be the key point         specific series on Radio nan Gaidheal for    TV, radio and online.
educationalists, who provide quality advice     of contact for the Committee.               commendation, in particular the season                                                    In 2005, 299 grants were awarded in            The application form and guidelines
on programmes and policies and a means                                                      marking the 60th anniversary of the         Scotland’s live appeal broadcast took place   Scotland alone, totalling £4,397,232.          for the Appeal are available by post
to promote the delivery of high quality         Scottish Religious Advisory                 end of World War II and the recordings      in the Glasgow studio and was presented       Children all over Scotland, from               and online through the Children in Need
                                                                                                                                                                                      Shetland to the Borders, benefited              website. An online application process
support to educational establishments.          Committee                                   made in partnership with the National       by Jackie Bird and comedian Des Clarke.
                                                                                                                                                                                      through awards made to a range of              has been introduced, making it simpler
                                                                                            Storytelling Project. Members were          There were live performances from
In 2005–2006, the Educational Broadcasting      The Committee, which met in June            encouraged that new comedy output           KT Tunstall, Athlete, Hue and Cry and         not-for-profit organisations such as            for groups to apply.
Council noted its concern about the level       and November 2005, considered               introduced on television during the year    Michelle McManus and appearances by           self-help groups, voluntary organisations
of consultation surrounding BBC jam (the        programmes and content that reflected        had proved popular with younger sections    Karen Dunbar and Viv Lumsden. The BBC         and registered charities.                      For the Scottish Children in Need web
Digital Curriculum) and its ability to fully    and commented on faith as well as on        of the audience.                            Scotland news and weather presenters                                                         pages go to
meet the needs in Scottish classrooms. A        moral and ethical issues.                                                               – and Pudsey Bear – starred in a series       Awards from £300 to over £300,000
stronger consultative/evaluative relationship                                               The committee was given details of          of comedy sketches. A special Strictly Come   helped open doors to new opportunities         For further information regarding BBC
with those managing the development of          The Reverend Canon Kevin Franz retired      proposed changes to the Radio nan                                                         and experiences for disadvantaged children.    Children in Need Appeal go to
                                                                                                                                        Highland Dancing competition was won
the Digital Curriculum was advocated.           as Committee Chair in July 2005 and his     Gaidheal schedule.There was wide ranging                                                  Awards have been given to projects             pudsey or telephone 0131 248 4225.
                                                                                                                                        in great style by Chick Young.
                                                place was taken by Dr Mona Siddiqui,        discussion on issues surrounding the                                                      supporting children with special needs and
Members were of the view that, aside            Senior Lecturer in Theology at Glasgow      proposed Gaelic digital service. Members                                                  disabilities; to equip playrooms and run
                                                                                                                                        Radio Scotland broadcast Children in Need
from BBC jam, there remained a place for        University, who also represented the        agreed that funding was a key issue and                                                   summer playschemes for children staying in
                                                                                                                                        themed programmes throughout the day,
traditional broadcasting and BBC Scotland       Committee on the Central Religious          that any such service should maintain the                                                 Women’s Aid refuges; to organisations that
                                                                                                                                        with Fred MacAulay and Clare Grogan
change plans should take account of             Advisory Committee.                         quality of Gaelic language programming.                                                   support young carers; for new toys and
                                                                                                                                        broadcasting jointly in the morning, and
this factor.                                                                                                                                                                          trips for playgroups in disadvantaged areas;
                                                                                                                                        Janice Forsyth and Tom Morton doing
                                                In addition to considering reports on                                                                                                 and for youth work across the country.
                                                                                                                                        the same with live music in the afternoon.
Scottish Rural and                              local and network outputs, members paid
                                                                                                                                        The day culminated in a live fundraising      As the funds distributed in 2005 were
                                                particular attention to plans to relocate
Agricultural Advisory                           in the Radio Scotland schedules the
                                                                                                                                        edition of Let’s Do The Show Right Here       raised by 2004’s 25th Anniversary Appeal,
Committee                                       morning Thought for the Day slot. Full
                                                                                                                                        presented by Bryan Burnett. The success       Children in Need in Scotland gave a
                                                                                                                                        of the appeal right across Scotland was       number of significant grants to mark
                                                account was taken of the Committee’s
The Committee met in June and October           viewpoints by BBC Scotland management,                                                  underpinned by enthusiastic participation     the occasion. £333,783 was awarded to
2005 and in February 2006. Members              as it had been of those views expressed                                                 from Radio Nan Gaidheal, Radio Orkney         Sense Scotland for the child and family
considered a range of programming               at a meeting which involved regular                                                     and Radio Shetland. Throughout the            facilities in their new centre for people
and content issues. Particular attention        programme contributors.                                                                 radio and television programmes some          with sensory impairments in Glasgow.
was paid to proposed changes at BBC                                                                                                     of the projects that receive funding were     Other major grants included £80,000
Aberdeen and the implications of BBC                                                                                                    highlighted. BBCi in Scotland produced an     towards refurbishment of the Dunedin
Scotland’s ‘Out of Glasgow’ strategy.                                                                                                   interactive, informative and entertaining     School for children and young people
                                                                                                                                        Scottish Children in Need website.            with behavioural difficulties in Edinburgh
                                                                                                                                                                                      and £75,000 to the Brae Partnership in

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      Happy Birthday Wullie

      Review of Progress against Objectives 2005/06                                                                                                 Hogmanay

    Executive Summary                              Cultural representation                         1. Provide programmes and services that          an average AI of 84, making it the soap        included Happy Birthday Broons! and            agreed that the strategy of matching
                                                                                                   build public value for the BBC in Scotland.      most ‘valued’ by audiences in Scotland         Hogmanay Live from Princes Street              specific audience needs against particular
    The Council felt that BBC Scotland had         The Council sponsored research into                                                              in 2005/06. Scotland On Film (with an AI       Gardens in Edinburgh.                          programmes, strands and time slots could
    largely met the objectives which had been      cultural representation and its portrayal       The Council felt that this objective had         of 82) drew warm appreciation from                                                            bring dividends. Audience attitudes tended
    set for it in 2005-2006. It drew attention     on-air. This research was due to conclude       largely been met, with BBC Scotland              audiences who felt it had made good            Radio                                          to be most positive in relation to news
    to a number of key issues which it felt        later in 2006.                                  performing strongly in what had been,            use of archive materials. Similar levels of    Radio Scotland’s reach across 2005 averaged    and sports programming, with football a
    were of critical importance to the future                                                      across the year, a challenging environment.      appreciation were garnered by Lord of          966,000 listeners, stretching to over one      case in point (Radio Scotland’s frequencies
    development of the organisation.               Cultural identity is of particular importance   It would be important that a sustained           the Wing, which paid tribute to the late       million in the final quarter of the year.This   had carried exclusive live commentary from
                                                   in Scotland, particularly post-devolution.The   focus be maintained to ensure that               Scotland and Celtic footballing legend,        had made it the station with the largest       nearly every SPL game across the season).
    Network deliveries                             Council was aware that this issue impacted      BBC Scotland’s programme and service             Jimmy Johnstone.                               number of listeners in Scotland. Events
                                                   on the approval ratings for the BBC in          content would continue to be valued by                                                          such as Children in Need, Hogmanay,The         Online
    Fostering good relationships with network      Scotland.The potential impact of audience       viewers and listeners across the country.        The Belle and Sebastian concert, broadcast     Nation’s Favourite Poem and The Big Day        Football also continued to be a significant
    commissioners and effective ‘succession        approval for particular programming and                                                          on BBC Two Scotland (and incorporated          of Music had offered opportunities to build    audience draw for online users. Live
    planning’ to prepare for the end of            content has often been countered by             Members noted that, in this respect, BBC         for sale as a DVD alongside the band’s         relationships with large audiences.            streaming of Radio Scotland was popular.
    transmission of key series were regarded       the failure of network presenters and           Scotland had adopted an evidence-based           latest album) helped to provide inroads                                                       Independent market research had shown
    as essential building blocks for the future    commentators to differentiate between           approach to measuring performance, with          to teenage audiences. The Council noted        The Council believed Radio Scotland’s          that between January and September
    development of BBC Scotland. It was the        UK and Scottish issues, particularly in news    public value assessed by the four key factors    that Videogaiden, the 10 minute video          programme offer had been both                  2005, the BBC Scotland website had been
    Council’s belief that the objective to build   and sports reporting.                           of reach, quality, impact and value for money.   gaming programme which had also been           distinctive and high quality and applauded     the most popular in Scotland in terms of
    network deliveries and increase the range                                                                                                       broadcast online, had reached out to           the decision to take imaginative risks         pages viewed, second in terms of market
    and number of programmes from Scotland         Local on-demand services                        As in past years, overall approval for the       and been enthusiastically welcomed by          with new programmes and formats.               share and third in terms of average session
    on network should be a shared objective                                                        BBC in Scotland, in 2005/06, was lower           younger viewers.                               The continuing challenge would be to           length. The Council noted the levels of
    with network programme commissioners.          The Council felt that the proposed              than across the rest of the UK and there                                                        find new ways to bring audiences to             use of the BBC Scotland education online
                                                   introduction of local, on-demand services       was less support amongst audiences for           It would be important to continue to           the station and to deepen relationships        sites, with a weekly average of 640,000
    Politics coverage                              across Scotland would be an important           the licence fee.                                 commission and broadcast programmes            with listeners. Members acknowledged           page impressions across 2005. These
                                                   development, helping audiences across                                                            which would be unlikely to attract large       that this process would be evolutionary        peaked during exam times, with over
    Innovative and imaginative programming         the country to connect with BBC                 Television                                       audiences but which would be of value to       rather than revolutionary.                     1.5 million hits in one week in May 2005.
    can open political issues to a wider and,      Scotland on a more personal basis. To           The total weekly reach of all BBC channels       particular sections of the viewing public.
    most importantly, to a younger audience.       seek to offer programmes and content            in Scotland during 2005 (85.6%) matched          Attention was drawn, in this respect, to       New programme formats sought to                The Council acknowledged a key challenge
    The Council believed that more could           that would be relevant to local people          the BBC’s UK-wide figure: by comparison,          Gaelic output and to programmes such           encourage greater levels of audience           to BBC Scotland would be to find new and
    be done to explore new formats, across         and link with local needs should be a           competition in Scotland from the terrestrial     as Landward and to Teacher Teacher, which      interaction. The weekday Morning Extra         innovative ways of enriching its tri-media
    platforms, to foster greater interest and      priority for BBC Scotland. The Council          commercial channels had been stronger            had followed a group of trainee teachers       slot at 0850 hours now allowed members         events coverage.
    involvement in social and political issues.    believed that BBC Scotland’s ‘Out of            than had been the case across the UK             over the course of a year. Though audience     of the public to voice their opinions on
    This, in turn, would help to maximise          Glasgow’ strategy and the introduction          in general.                                      figures had not been high, the programme        the issues of the day. It had also built a     2. Build network deliveries and plan
    the public value which BBC Scotland            of the digital broadcasting facility at                                                          had drawn praise from viewers and from         strong audience among politicians and          to increase the range and number of
    can bring to audiences in Scotland and         Pacific Quay in Glasgow in 2007 would            A number of programmes across the                television critics and the Council applauded   was supported by an interactive website.       programmes from Scotland on network,
    further afield.                                 significantly help in this respect.              year had attracted strong audience               the decision to schedule it on BBC One         Scotland Live had taken to the road on a       with due consideration given to cultural
                                                                                                   Appreciation Index (AI) scores. Of               Scotland in peak.                              number of occasions to capture public          representation.
                                                                                                   particular note were compilation                                                                opinion from across Scotland.
                                                                                                   programmes of the comedy sketch show             The Council also acknowledged coverage                                                        The Council noted that, across the genres,
                                                                                                   Chewin’ the Fat, the factual documentary         of key events across the year, such as         Audiences tended to identify with (and         BBC Scotland had either met or exceeded
                                                                                                   Sheriff Court, which offered a unique            the G8 summit at Gleneagles, Live8             have stronger relationships with) individual   its delivery targets for 2005/06. During
                                                                                                   insight into life in one of Europe’s busiest     from Edinburgh and the festive season          programmes than with the station in            the year, a number of programme strands
                                                                                                   courts, and River City, which had achieved       programming across all platforms, which        general. In this respect, the Council          had come to the end of their natural lives

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     Gary Robertson

     Review of Progress against Objectives 2005/06                                                                                          BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal

(such as Monarch of the Glen and                BBC Scotland had particular strengths      A locally based text service, staffed by         Members were assured by steps that              and interaction. This would be particularly        Discussions had centred on issues
Balamory). To win or lose one network           in drama, children’s – the Council         newly recruited journalists and comprising       had been taken to refresh particular            important in terms of younger audiences,           such as content and scheduling strategy,
commission – particularly in drama, which       noted a strong slate of programmes in      six new online news sections, had been           parts of the schedules. Radio Scotland’s        many of whom were isolated from the                funding models, transmission strategy
is a major driver of network business, as       2005/06 such as Raven and Byker Grove      launched in April 2006.                          Scotland at Ten had replaced Politics Tonight   political process. Members felt that the           and management and governance models.
well as an important vehicle for cultural       – entertainment and specialist factual                                                      and had broadened its news agenda,              2007 Scottish Parliamentary elections              The group had agreed that delivery of
representation – could have a significant        programme-making and there was a           A decision on a broadband service, which         drawing reports from the Scottish, UK           could provide a focus for such programming.        the service should be via Digital Satellite
impact on income. Sea of Souls, however,        need to exploit such strengths.            could include the delivery of video news,        and European parliaments. Issues of the                                                            (DSat) and clip streaming on demand via
had helped BBC Scotland to deliver above                                                   awaited the outcome of the BBC’s West            day were now aired on Gary Robertson’s          However it was acknowledged that it would          broadband, with a proposed launch date of
its forecast share of drama business for        The intention to appoint a BBC             Midlands pilot, due later in 2006.               daily Morning Extra and Scotland Live           be difficult at times to avoid the relatively       2007. The prospect of delivery via Digital
the year and the Council applauded              Entertainment commissioner, to be                                                           programmes and slightly longer interview        low audience figures – and low appreciation         Terrestrial Television (DTT) and other
the decision of the Controller, Drama           based in Glasgow, was welcomed by the      In the meantime, BBC Scotland was examining      slots had been allocated within the flagship     figures – which specific dedicated political         platforms would also be assessed.
Commissioning to recommission it as             Council, as was the decision to appoint    the possibility of piloting a local service in   Good Morning Scotland programme to              programmes, such as Holyrood Live, tended
part of a larger network drama project.         a Comedy commissioner who would            the North East, around Aberdeen, based           provide opportunities for presenters to         to attract.These were popular with a small,        The BBC Board of Governors and the
Members were also pleased to learn that         spend half of her time in Scotland.        on user-generated content. It was envisaged      question and hold politicians to account.       niche audience, though it was felt that they       Board of the Gaelic Media Service had
the new Head of BBC Scotland Drama                                                         that this approach would help to build on                                                        had a particular part to play in BBC               agreed that, upon examining two possible
would continue to act as executive producer     Additionally, the Council emphasised       its commitment to improving media literacy.      On television, increased use had been           Scotland’s overall political programme offer.      operating models – those of a BBC-licensed
on Waterloo Road and that production            the importance of BBC Scotland                                                              made of video journalism to allow stories                                                          service and of a joint venture – that efforts
would transfer to Scotland in 2006/07.          seeking to maximise the benefit from        In developing a local service, members           from around the country to be fed in to         The Council was particularly keen to               should be concentrated on an interrogation
                                                the proposed 50% increase in network       drew attention to the importance of              news bulletins. Efforts had been made to        ensure that appropriate attention should           of the BBC-licensed model with a view to
In particular, members commended the            production to be sought by the BBC         taking full account of BBC Scotland’s            feed new voices into debates, with increased    continue to be paid to explaining the              establishing a service within the next year.
BBC’s decision to broadcast Still Game on       from the three nations (Scotland,          ‘Out of Glasgow’ strategy and the findings        input from key influencers in the private        differences between devolved and
the network in 2005 and to commission a         Wales and Northern Ireland) and            of the 2003 News Journalism Review.              and public sectors. The introduction of         reserved matters. This was seen to be              The Council was confident in the
Christmas Special and a second network          from the intention to increase drama       The Review had provided clear evidence           new features, such as the satirical ‘Who’s      more of an issue for BBC network news,             approach adopted by the working group
series in 2006/07.                              production from outside of London          of a desire for more local stories to be         Up, Who’s Down’ insert to Politics Scotland,    where differences in education issues,             and in the attention being paid to the
                                                by a similar margin.                       captured and made available to a wider           had also proved popular. The Last Word          health, social services and the judicial system,   construction of detailed business case
Nurturing creative talent would be                                                         audience. (In this respect, the decision         With Nicky Campbell had offered lively no-      as they pertain to England/Wales and to            models. Emphasis was placed on the need
crucial to ensuring sustainable growth and      Work was required to ensure that           by BBC News 24 to request BBC Scotland           holds-barred debates involving journalists,     Scotland, were often not clearly delineated.       for the principles of sustainable growth
would prove to be an important factor in        proper account would be taken of           stories on a daily basis for network             social commentators and audiences and           The Council strongly believed that BBC news        and value for money to lie at the heart
attracting future network commissions. The      cultural representation issues by BBC/     broadcast was felt to be a positive step.)       had sought to offer a fresh approach to         could be enriched by reporting devolved            of any such service. It should offer the
Council acknowledged that, in this respect,     BBC Scotland programme-makers.                                                              topical debate. However it had not quite        aspects within stories and applauded the           best possible value for Gaelic speakers,
the role of facilities such as the River City   Research into this subject, sponsored by   4. Seek new and better ways to engage            had the impact that had been hoped.             decision to introduce a training module            with available funding being focused as
set in Dumbarton, in terms of its operation     the Council, would report later in 2006.   audiences in political issues.                                                                   on the subject for BBC journalists.                far as possible on content production
as a training base for on-and off-air talent,                                                                                               The Council welcomed the introduction of                                                           and delivery. The Council emphasised
continued to be of critical importance.         3. Make significant progress towards the    The Council felt that this had been a            themed weeks, such as that which, in March      5.Work with the Gaelic Media Service and           the importance of placing the audience
                                                development and delivery of a localised    particularly challenging objective for BBC       2006, had focused, across platforms, on the     relevant bodies to develop a partnership           at the heart of the proposition.
A robust approach required to be                on-demand service for Scotland, to         Scotland. Set against a general climate of       issue of Scotland’s future energy needs.        for the delivery of a Gaelic Digital Channel.
taken to succession planning and                include both news and general content.     public disengagement with politics and                                                                                                              The Council also noted the levels of
strong relationships needed to be                                                          the political process, it was felt that the      In its summation, the Council felt that more    Substantial progress had been made                 sustainable investment which BBC Scotland
built with network commissioners                The Council noted the strides that         objective had not, in the short term, been       could be done to explore new and innovative     towards meeting this objective.                    had made in the Highlands and Islands,
across programme genres. The Council            had been made to prepare for the           met but that it would be appropriate to          ways of reaching out to audiences to            Representatives of BBC Scotland and the            in terms of staff growth in Inverness,
acknowledged that the target would be to        delivery of an on-demand service for       assess how the task might be achieved            inform them on particular issues, to explain    Gaelic Media Service had formed a working          Stornoway, Orkney and Shetland and in
achieve an upturn in business in 2007/08        Scottish viewers and listeners.            over a longer timescale.                         and promote understanding of underlying         group under the independent chairmanship           seeking to increase production from those
and to build on this thereafter.                                                                                                            factors and to encourage interest, debate       of Professor Sir Neil MacCormick.                  locations. It charged BBC Scotland with the

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     New BBC Scotland headquarters, Pacific Quay

     Review of Progress against Objectives 2005/06                                                                                                   T in the Park presenters Edith Bowman and Dougie Anderson

task of undertaking research to delineate          It was felt that the new BBC Scotland             The Council welcomed the range and variety      In terms of the Council’s links with licence           revamp of its website (with enhanced             A. Look to raise accountability
its economic impact in these areas.                headquarters building at Pacific Quay in           of activities that had been undertaken to       payers, members of the Broadcasting                    interactive elements), more imaginative          to audiences.
                                                   Glasgow could play an important role in           connect with licence payers across the year.    Council had attended a significant number               use of broadcast opportunities, the
6. Encourage and support staff to                  connecting with communities, with steps                                                           of public and opinion-former meetings                  introduction of local vox pops videos            In addition to the work on accountability
participate in a broad range of                    taken to strengthen links with schools across     In broadcast, emphasis had been placed          across the year. These had included the                at public meetings and a focus on high           referred to above, the Council noted
community and social events.                       Scotland, liaise with local community groups      on prioritising local programme trails (in      conference on the Government’s Green                   impact accountability events. Additionally,      the access to particular communities
                                                   and connect with organisations such as the        preference to reversioning network trails)      Paper on the BBC, hosted by the RSA                    the Council was keen to ensure that the          of interest, experience and knowledge
The Council had been encouraged by the             adjacent Glasgow Science Centre. Likewise,        and increasing the amount of cross-trailing     in Edinburgh in June 2005, Westminster                 interest which applicants had shown in           afforded it by BBC Scotland’s advisory
work which had been undertaken over                the facilities available within the refurbished   on television and radio. This approach had      receptions with MPs in July and November,              applying for membership of the Broadcasting      committees. There would be benefit in
2005/06 to draw together and articulate            Glasgow City Halls, which was now the             also sought to introduce new and diverse        the opening of the BBC Selkirk studios,                Council could be harnessed. Consideration        developing the existing relationship with
a range of activities which sought to ensure       home of the BBC Scottish Symphony                 voices to the airwaves.                         various events involving the Board of                  would be given to aligning this with the         the Scottish Rural, Gaelic and Religious
a deeper and more meaningful relationship          Orchestra (SSO), offered exciting                                                                 Governors and the Voice of the Viewer                  formulation of ‘virtual’ audience groups         Advisory Committees, the Educational
between BBC Scotland and its audiences.            opportunities for interaction in new and          Events such as the opening of the new           and Listener/RSA conference on digital                 around Scotland. It was envisaged that           Broadcasting Council for Scotland and
                                                   innovative ways with audiences. Outreach          Glasgow City Halls complex, home to             switchover and the BBC Charter, held in                these could offer the Council a geographically   with Children in Need Scotland.
Over 200 staff were currently involved             initiatives to take the work of the SSO to        the Scottish Symphony Orchestra,                the Scottish Parliament in February 2006.              wider and more representative sample
in outreach work, much of which had fed            some of the most socially excluded children       regular public tours of the River City                                                                 of views and opinions of licence payers          For BBC Scotland, the Council acknowledged
into BBC Scotland’s programming, such as           in Scotland were applauded.                       set in Dumbarton and the support                In October 2005, the Council had held the              across the country. Members approved             the role played by initiatives such as ‘Island
Let’s Do The Show Right Here.                                                                        offered to a host of programme- and             first public meeting on digital switchover in           the proposal to pilot these in tandem with       Blogging’ which had been extended to
                                                   The Council appreciated the work of               content-related activities in 2005/06           the Borders, following the announcement                the local services initiative, which would, in   all of the Scottish islands and was now
                                                                                                     had been designed to reach out to
Particular praise was directed towards             staff, often undertaken above and beyond                                                          of the national conversion timetable by                the first instance, focus on the North East       available in both Gaelic and English. The
                                                                                                     diverse communities and enrich the
initiatives such as Storybook Mums and             the requirements of the terms of their                                                            the Secretary of State for Culture, Media              and Aberdeen.                                    daily blogging diary posted by the Head
                                                                                                     relationships between them and BBC
Dads, which had sought to record                   employment with BBC, to engage in such                                                            and Sport the previous month. Attended                                                                  of BBC Radio, Scotland suggested that it
                                                                                                     Scotland. The Council believed that such
bedtime stories for children from                  activities. The Council acknowledged that                                                         by local individuals and organisations, as             Additionally, the Council felt there would       was possible to nurture a more personal
                                                                                                     interaction helped to define the unique
parents who were in prison. It was felt            much of this work was voluntary. However                                                          well as MSPs and consumer groups, the                  be merit in enhancing links between it           relationship with audiences. The Council
                                                                                                     relationship the BBC had with its
that work in this area had been handled            it would be important to ensure that                                                              meeting offered the first opportunity for               and other BBC Broadcasting/Audience              welcomed programme initiatives such
                                                                                                     audiences and every effort should be
sensitively. The Radio Rookies training            there should exist no conflict of interest         made to nurture and build on                    representatives of Digital UK to listen                Councils/ English National Forum, through,       as the newly introduced Action Scotland
workshops had provided opportunities               between the personal involvement of               established links.                              to the concerns of those who would be                  for example, the Joint Councils’ Conference.     series, produced by the Communities
for individuals, drawn from a range of             members of staff in charitable or voluntary                                                       affected by the first phase of switchover.              These bodies should work together, with          team in Inverness. The Radio Scotland
occupational backgrounds, to try their             groups and the work of the BBC.                   It was felt that branding played an important                                                          the BBC Trust Unit, to develop a new             Community Zone offered non-profit
hands at presenting and reporting. The                                                               role in this respect and the Council noted      Members emphasised the importance of                   approach to increased audience accountability.   community broadcasters access to BBC
Council acknowledged the part played               The Council suggested, in the light of the        the importance of ensuring that public          finding a variety of ways to interact with                                                               Scotland’s airwaves and links with key
by the Soundtown initiative, which was             recent publication of the BBC White Paper         prominence was given to the involvement         viewers and listeners. The BBC White Paper             To support such developments, the                external bodies such as the Scottish
now in its third year. This had involved           and Charter, that, as and where appropriate,      of BBC Scotland in events such as Proms         and Charter, published in March 2006, had              Council emphasised the importance                Executive helped further to broaden
programme and support staff from across            work be undertaken to align the range             in the Park, the Mod, the Special Olympics,     noted the intention to reconstitute the                of adequate resourcing being available           the scope of connectivity.
the organisation and had helped to forge           of community activities with the BBC’s six        T in the Park and the network News and          Broadcasting Council as an ‘Audience                   to ensure aspirations would be matched
important links with local communities             Public Purposes. It was felt that this would      Sport on Tour roadshow.                         Council’: as such, it would be critically              with staffing and funding availability.           The Council was firmly of the view that
across Scotland. Partnerships were                 allow a more strategic approach to be taken                                                       important that greater prominence be                                                                    BBC Scotland should remain open and
seen as of significant importance in this           to their development and delivery.                The Council noted the work done in              given to raising its public profile and                 Key Issues                                       responsive to the needs and expectations
respect and attention was drawn to the                                                               support of the launch of BBC jam (Digital       improving awareness and understanding                                                                   of its various audiences, developing its
relationship which continued to develop            7. Connect with licence payers across             Curriculum) in Scotland in September            of its role.                                           The Broadcasting Council had also felt it        relationships with them and seeking
between BBC Scotland and the University            Scotland through a range of innovative            2005 and the major International Press                                                                 important that, in 2005/06, BBC Scotland         new and innovative ways to encourage
of Abertay in Dundee, as well as with              public events, activities, marketing              Institute conference, which took place          To achieve this, the Council agreed a                  should address a number of key issues.           dialogue and interaction.
colleges and schools across the country.           and branding.                                     in Edinburgh in May 2006.                       strategy that would include a major

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  BBC Scotland’s                                  3. Connect with licence payers across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scotland through a range of innovative
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Objectives 2006/07                              public events, activities, marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Provide programmes and services              and branding
                                                                                                                                                                                                  that build public value for the BBC             BBC Scotland currently connects with
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Scotland                                     licence fee payers through an extensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                  An evidence-based approach will be used         range and number of programme- and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to measure BBC Scotland’s performance           content-related outreach activities. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in providing programmes, content and            level of activity will act as a baseline for
                                                                                                                                                                                                  services on radio, television and online.       assessing the level of activity in 2006/07.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  BBC Scotland will, throughout the year,         The quality of that engagement will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                  report to the Broadcasting Council for          assessed according to the range and
     Among the Believers, Andrew Slorance
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scotland which will scrutinise evidence         numbers involved in partnership and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  provided via the statistical measures of        other activities with BBC Scotland, as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Audience Reach, Quality, Impact and Value       as by the feedback which that connectivity
     Review of Progress against Objectives 2005/06                                                                                                                                                for Money as they apply across the range        will offer in helping to understand the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of output and services. The Council will        needs and concerns of its audiences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  also take into account, where applicable,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  appropriate elements of research.               4. Make significant progress towards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the development and delivery, through
B. Deliver business and cultural                operate, characterised by the need to save      staff workshops had been planned to raise         Council public meeting in Galashiels at the     2. Build network deliveries and plan            innovative means, of local news, politics
transformation in preparation                   15% on operating costs over three years.        awareness of diversity issues.                    beginning of October 2005 had explored          to increase the range and number of             and general programming.
for transfer of the headquarters’               The target savings for 2005/06 had largely                                                        digital issues and community concerns with      programmes from Scotland on network,            The Council welcomed the introduction
operation to Pacific Quay.                       been achieved. Savings on property costs        The Council acknowledged that                     a large local audience. A meeting to continue   with due consideration given to Scottish        of regional text services across Scotland
                                                and various operational efficiencies had         significant strides forward had been made          this dialogue with local opinion-formers had    cultural representation.                        in 2005/06. It will continue to monitor
The Council believed the forthcoming            helped to minimise the impact on staff posts    over the year to increase the range and           been held in June 2006 in Dumfries. Digital     The delivery of BBC Scotland programmes         the development of this initiative and will
move to Pacific Quay in Glasgow in 2007          and the number of required compulsory           diversity of portrayal on air. Children’s         issues had also been discussed at a meeting     to the BBC’s radio, television and online       assess the success of the introduction of
would offer unprecedented opportunities         redundancies had been significantly reduced.     programming, such as Suspect and Jess,            between the Council and Ofcom’s Scottish        networks will be tracked against its share      new programme and service formats and
for the organisation to prepare to meet         Some voluntary redundancies had been            The Border Collie, had embraced disability        Advisory Committee in December 2005.            of the growth target which has been             new means of delivery, with particular
the challenges of the digital age. It would     agreed with the unions and there had been       in a sensitive but meaningful way. Tales                                                          set for deliveries in the Nations. In this      recourse to the measures of Audience
allow the organisation across Scotland to       a number of post closures.                      from the Edge continued to provide an             Across the period, BBC Scotland had             process, full account will be taken of the      Reach, Value for Money and other available
benefit from new methods of working.                                                             insight into marginalised communities             also been involved in a number of related       BBC’s commitment to the independent             measures.
Technological change would involve the          The Council noted that a decision on the        and Among the Believers, presented by             events around the country, including the        production sector.
transition to a tapeless environment. For       Licence Fee settlement was awaited and          Andrew Slorance, a wheelchair-bound               Borders Digital Forum and the VLV/RSA                                                           The Council will pay particular attention
listeners and viewers, changes would be         that this would inevitably impact on the        journalist, had offered a personal                conference held in the Scottish Parliament      In radio and online, where commissioning        to how BBC Scotland takes account of
manifest through improved availability of       budget situation.                               perspective on faith. Partnership with            in Edinburgh in February 2006.                  targets for the Nations do not exist,           the need to identify and reach out to new
content across delivery platforms. Work                                                         organisations such as ViP on Air had                                                              performance will be monitored and               audiences and to those who are currently
would also be undertaken to develop high        Note was made of the challenges which           also assisted in this process.                                                                    measured against current and recent             underserved by its services.
                                                                                                                                                  The Council noted that media literacy
definition broadcast capabilities.                                                                                                                                                                 levels of delivery.
                                                lay ahead for BBC Scotland. Members                                                               would be an important element in
                                                were, however, assured that robust              The Council applauded the way that                supporting the switchover process. A
Underpinning the developments was a                                                                                                                                                               The Broadcasting Council has been involved,
                                                business and editorial strategies had           the findings of the research which it had          seminar had been jointly organised by
Change Plan and an Editorial Strategy which                                                                                                                                                       in 2005/06, in monitoring and scrutinising
                                                been deployed to ensure a sound base            sponsored into the on-air portrayal of            BBC Scotland and Ofcom in March 2006,
emphasised the importance of cross-platform                                                                                                                                                       research into cultural representation as it
                                                for future development without placing          disability, conducted in 2004/05, had been        aimed specifically at older audiences and
commissioning to extract maximum                                                                                                                                                                  impacts on broadcasting in Scotland. Full
                                                quality at risk.                                taken into account by BBC Scotland.               had been attended by members of the
benefit from programme and content ideas.
                                                                                                It now felt as if an understanding of the         Scottish Older People’s Advisory Group.         account will be taken of the findings and
                                                D. Helping to reflect the diversity of           need for inclusion of a range of diversity                                                        recommendations to be drawn from this
The Council noted the importance of
                                                the audience in Scotland by ensuring            issues was firmly in place and appreciated         In addition to a continuation of work           research and the Council will consider
maintaining quality across all output during
                                                appropriate on-air portrayal.                   by programme makers.                              and initiatives currently under way, BBC        management perspectives on how it might
such transformational change.The onus
                                                                                                                                                  Scotland would also look to establish           impact on BBC Scotland output.
would be on BBC Scotland management to
maintain the focus and momentum which           BBC Scotland had established a Diversity        E. Work to inform audiences in Scotland           additional mechanisms, events and
                                                Group whose aim was to involve the              of the plans for and implications of digital      meetings to foster greater understanding        The Council will examine BBC Scotland
the change process had helped to create. It
would be important to take full account of      production community and other members          switchover.                                       of the implications of switchover.              strategies to increase the diversity of voice
the results of the recent BBC staff survey in   of staff in seeking ways to ensure programmes                                                                                                     and new talent across all of its output.
driving forward cultural change. Linkage with   and content reflected Scotland’s diverse         The Council noted that the BBC was not
the staff appraisal system was also regarded    audiences. In terms of overall staffing, the     directly responsible for digital switchover but
as an essential component in this context.      Council noted that the BBC Scotland             would be critical to its success.The Borders
                                                diversity targets of 3% ethnicity and 4%        transmission area would be the first UK
C. Operate effectively against the backdrop     disability would not be met in 2005/06,         region to undergo the switchover process.
of value for money savings to allow finance      largely as a result of a drop in external
to be released for investment.                  recruitment. Key initiatives, such as the       Work had been undertaken to ensure
                                                Diversity Traineeship process and the           that on-air advertising and information
The Council noted the financial climate          Extend scheme, had been put in place            trails in Scotland aligned with the roll-out
within which BBC Scotland had now to            to encourage broader staff diversity and        of information across the UK. A Broadcasting

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Controller’s                                                                                                          the Celtic Connections festival and
                                                                                                                      the network’s own Big Day of Music,
                                                                                                                      which marked the opening of Glasgow’s
                                                                                                                                                                    new digital channels also increased. One
                                                                                                                                                                    of Scotland’s most successful dramas,
                                                                                                                                                                    Monarch of the Glen and the popular

                                                                                                                      refurbished City Halls. Throughout the        children’s series Balamory drew to a
                                                                                                                      year we provided some of the most             close. However BBC Scotland’s
                                                                                                                      distinctive programming to be found           network presence, in drama and
                                                                                                                      on the BBC’s radio networks, with             childrens’, maintained its momentum
                                                                                                                      contemporary drama and documentaries          with Sea of Souls and Raven. As part of
                                                                                                                      and live classical music and jazz.            our succession planning, work continued
                                                                                                                                                                    on new drama, entertainment and comedy
                                                                                                                      BBC Radio nan Gaidheal set a new              projects for the BBC’s UK networks.
                                                                                                                      benchmark for Gaelic broadcasting in
                                                                                                                      its coverage of the Live8 concert, the        During the year BBC Scotland revised
                                                                                                                      biggest musical event ever presented          its management and operational
                                                                         Ken MacQuarrie                               by the station. The quality of BBC            structures to be ready to face the
                                                                         Controller, BBC Scotland
                                                                                                                      Scotland’s Gaelic programmes and              challenges set out in the Government’s
                                                                                 During the year BBC Scotland         presenters brought industry recognition       White Paper on the BBC Charter.
                                                                                 offered audiences a wide range       for work on all three media, including
                                                                                 of high quality programming          a string of awards at the Celtic Film         The focus was firmly on ensuring that
                                                                         and achieved significant organisational       and Television Festival and the Scottish      our operations remain competitive
                                                                         change in order to be ready for the          Traditional Music Awards. Work also           in order to protect and build on the
                                                                         challenges of the future.                    took place throughout the year with           growth of recent years. As part of a
                                                                                                                      the Gaelic Media Service and others           three-year plan announced in March
                                                                         Original programming on issues ranging       in planning and preparing for the             2004, there were reductions in posts
                                                                         from coverage of the G8 Conference           introduction in 2007 of a digital             and other cost savings in content
                                                                         and the nation’s energy needs to the         service for Gaelic audiences.                 and support departments, increasing
                                                                         development of the Scots language                                                          efficiency and releasing extra cash
                                                                         made a distinctive contribution to           In January the BBC Scottish Symphony          for programmes and services in the
                                                                         national debate. Student teachers’ first      Orchestra took up permanent                   years ahead. By the end of the period
                                                                         steps in the classroom and the human         residency in the City Halls. The new          an extra £10m will be available for
                                                                         stories, in the Amnesty award-winning        complex, which offers state-of-the-art        reinvestment in BBC Scotland content.
                                                                         Tales From the Edge, were just two of        broadcasting facilities, will help to bring
                                                                         the topics that brought plaudits for BBC     the orchestra closer to audiences – over      Construction of the new BBC Scotland

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                                                                         Scotland documentaries from audiences        12,000 people attended BBC events             headquarters at Pacific Quay in
                                                                         and critics alike. Our programming           there during the first three months            Glasgow will be completed in 2007.
                                                                         helped audiences explore their cultures      of its residency.                             During 2005/06, work concluded
                                                                         and heritage on all three media, from                                                      on the design of a new integrated
                                                                         television programmes marking the            News and political programmes                 production system which will be rolled
                                                                         anniversary of the end of World War II       explored the possibilities offered by         out to all BBC centres across Scotland.
                                                                         to Radio Scotland’s history series Past      new lightweight camera technology to          Implementation will begin in the year
                                                                         Lives and the Scotland on Film website.      extend their range of coverage. Web           ahead. BBC staff in Selkirk moved to
                                                                                                                      pages containing news for six regions         new premises in October 2005.
                                                                         There was year-round coverage of the         of Scotland were added to the BBC
                                                                         arts in Artworks Scotland and The Radio      Scotland news site.                           Taken together, these structural and
                                                                         Café. Scotland’s sports fans were able                                                     technological developments will
                                                                         to follow the nation’s fortunes across all   A slate of new programmes brought             allow BBC Scotland to maximise
                                                                         of the major sporting events, with the       greater cohesion to the Radio Scotland        the benefits it derives from the
                                                                         Six Nations rugby, the Commonwealth          schedule. Programming across all              BBC’s plan, announced in December
     Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Vivamus   Games and the Scottish Cup all featured      genres developed formats which were           2004, to commission more network
                                                                                                                      more responsive to audience interests         programmes from outside of London.
     pede lorem, consectetuer vel, sodales quis, congue eu, sapien.      on radio, television and online. On
                                                                         Radio Scotland a new summer schedule         and tastes. The station continued to
     Aliquam commodo velit ullamcorper augue. Aliquam bibendum.          increased the range of the network’s
                                                                         live coverage of sport.
                                                                                                                      attract around a million listeners every
                                                                                                                      week and sought to reach out to new
                                                                                                                                                                    The challenge for the year ahead
                                                                                                                                                                    is to achieve this programme of
     Duis tempor ipsum ut.                                                                                            audiences. Listening online continued         change while continuing to improve
                                                                         BBC Scotland coverage of the nation’s        to grow and a podcast of football             content and services for audiences
                                                                         rich musical culture attracted some of       output on the network was made                in Scotland and throughout the UK.
                                                                         the largest audiences of the year, from      available on a trial basis.
                                                                         Live8:Edinburgh and T in the Park to
                                                                         Hogmanay Live. In addition to the year-      BBC Scotland’s highly popular comedy
                                                                         round output on Radio Scotland’s music       Still Game attracted the attention of the
                                                                         zone, there were broadcasts from the         BBC’s network commissioners and was
                                                                         Burnsong – Live! festival in Dumfries,       broadcast for the first time throughout
                                                                                                                      the UK. Commissions from the BBC’s

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                                                                       Programmes for                              students at the University of Aberdeen’s        A special week of programming in March
     BBC Scotland celebrated Scottish life and culture across a wide   audiences in Scotland                       teacher training college as their aspirations   2006 allowed audiences to take part in
     range of genres for audiences at home and across the UK,          Factual
                                                                                                                   adapted to the reality of classroom life.
                                                                                                                   Scene of Crime followed forensic inquiries
                                                                                                                                                                   a national debate on energy issues. With
                                                                                                                                                                   50 years having elapsed since its opening,
     drawing strong appreciation from viewers across the range         Documentaries and features explored
                                                                       a rich diversity of Scottish experience,
                                                                                                                   in Lothian, Grampian and Tayside. In January
                                                                                                                   a special behind-the-scenes documentary
                                                                                                                                                                   Dounreay:The Atomic Dream contrasted the
                                                                                                                                                                   idealism of the founders with the legacy of
     from current affairs and sport to history and entertainment.      past and present. There was ground-         on the working of Glasgow Sheriff Court         the decommissioned plant.Viewers could
                                                                       breaking programming on aspects of          attracted nearly a third of the viewing         challenge politicians in a televised debate
                                                                       contemporary Scotland from language,        audience. And BBC Scotland cameras              and listeners were able to discuss the
                                                                       faith and rural issues to policing,         – and audiences – gained unprecedented          issues on Radio Scotland’s Scotland Live
                                                                       education and energy policy.                access to three different surgical units for    and via the BBC Scotland website.
                                                                                                                   ERI: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, one of the
                                                                       From November 2005 Teacher,Teacher          most appreciated factual series of the year.
                                                                       (an independent production by Tern
                                                                       Television for BBC Scotland) followed six
     Still Game

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Jute Jam and Islam                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Craig Hill’s Out Tonight   River City


       A new strand of human interest               Canadian Arctic expedition of 1913         A range of programmes in the BBC            Entertainment and drama                       story of Belle and Sebastian was told        which concluded the Scottish Cup
       documentaries 24/7 launched on BBC           from the viewpoint of a Scottish           Voices season explored aspects of the       A third of the population joined BBC          by lead singer Stuart Murdoch.               Final in May.
       One Scotland. Stories ranged from one        member who thought he might never          Scots language. In The Big Scots Road       Two Scotland for the Live8 charity
       of Strathclyde’s biggest ever murder hunts   return. And, in six episodes, Power to     Trip Carl MacDougall conducted a            concert at Murrayfield at some point                                                        From Melbourne, there was extensive
       to the experience of living with MS.

       Differing aspects of Scottish endeavour
       were celebrated throughout the year.
                                                    the People traced the development,
                                                    and explored the future of organised
                                                    labour in Scotland.
                                                                                               national audit of contemporary living
                                                                                               Scots. Scunnered, on the role of Scottish
                                                                                               speech in humour, recorded one of the
                                                                                               year’s highest audiences for a factual
                                                                                                                                           during the evening of Wednesday 6 July.
                                                                                                                                           The schedule was cleared for a dazzling
                                                                                                                                           line-up of Scottish musical talent, from
                                                                                                                                           The Proclaimers, Travis, Texas and Wet
                                                                                                                                                                                            One million
                                                                                                                                                                                            and a half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coverage of the Commonwealth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Games, the only multi-sport event
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on the world stage in which Scotland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      competes as a nation.
       One of Scotland’s musical giants, Sir        In Destination Scotland Peter Capaldi      programme. And in a landmark, four-         Wet Wet to Annie Lennox and Snow                 people watched BBC
       Alexander Gibson, was remembered             traced the stories of six immigrant        part series, Scots, on BBC Two in March,    Patrol. Presented by Edith Bowman,               Scotland’s Hogmanay                       On 25 February, more than a million
       on the tenth anniversary of his death in     groups who have become distinctive         MacDougall explored the past and            the concert transferred to BBC One                                                         viewers joined commentators John
                                                    elements in Scotland’s population. The                                                 Scotland from 2250. A few days later,
       The Baton That Brought It Home (Hunter                                                  present of the language from use in the                                                                                                Beattie and David Sole, captain of
       Productions). For St Andrew’s Night,         anniversary of the death of Sir William    sixteenth century court to disapproval      BBC coverage of Scotland’s biggest                                                         Scotland’s 1990 Grand Slam-winning
       Something About Harry (produced by           Wallace was marked in August by The        in classrooms of the twentieth. The final    music festival T in the Park attracted                                                     side, to watch Scotland beat England
       Saltire Film and TV) told the story of       Three Lives of William Wallace (Saltire    programme travelled to Catalonia and        around a quarter of the Scottish              Hogmanay Live, presented from the            18-12. The year saw one of the most
       another, Sir Harry Lauder. In March          Film and TV). The programme was            Ulster to ask what may be done to           population at some point over the             Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle by Jackie     engrossing of recent Scottish Cup
       2006, the achievement of Dougal              shown again in May 2006 as part of         reintegrate the Scots language into the     weekend. In the weeks after the event,        Bird, combined contemporary and              tournaments, distinguished by Second
       Haston was celebrated in Haston: A           BBC Four’s Medieval Mysteries season.      fabric of life in Scotland today.           highlights were broadcast on BBC Two          traditional Scottish musical talent, from    Division Gretna FC’s run to the final.
       Life in the Mountains (Pelicula) on the                                                                                             Scotland on Friday evenings.                  the 2005 World Champions The House           Sportscene showcased key matches,
       anniversary of the Currie-born climber’s     The highly successful oral history         Remembering Dunblane (IWC) on                                                             of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band         from Clyde’s elimination of Celtic at
       legendary ascent of the Eiger.               format Scotland on Film returned to        13 March told the story of the tragedy      BBC Scotland television also offered          to KT Tunstall and Gaelic singer Julie       Broomfield Park on 9 January to the
                                                    BBC One Scotland in February. The          ten years on and addressed the current      a range of distinctive Scottish comedy.       Fowlis. Two of Scotland’s finest musicians,   penalty shootout which secured the
       Audiences responded strongly to              series’ roadshow toured six locations      debate on gun registration. In Among the    A further series of Still Game (produced      Nicola Benedetti and Aly Bain, came          trophy for Heart of Midlothian FC
       programmes on Scottish history,              from Kirkwall to Selkirk with tips         Believers, Andrew Slorance journeyed        by The Comedy Unit) was broadcast             together for a duet described by The         at Hampden in May. There was live
       recent or remote. A number of                on how to get the most out of the          through the faith communities of            throughout the UK and repeated on             Herald as ‘an absolute delight’. Around      coverage of Scotland internationals
       programmes were commissioned for             multimedia project.                        contemporary Scotland to explore            BBC One Scotland. The combined                1.3m viewers turned to BBC One               against Austria, Norway and Slovenia
       the summer of 2005 to mark the 60th                                                     the power of belief with Scots from         weekly audience in Scotland grew to           Scotland to bring in the New Year.           and live matches from the CIS and
       anniversary of the end of World War          Artworks Scotland returned with another    a wide range of faiths including the        more than one million. Karen Dunbar                                                        UEFA Cups. A new-look Sportscene
       II. On the eve of 8 May 2005, Scotland’s     series focusing on the best in Scottish    Baha’i community, Judaism, Buddhism         returned with a new four-part series,         Audiences remained strong for                developed its format to include
       VE Day – A Time to Remember looked           culture. Topics ranged from the growth     and Islam. On Christmas Eve, choirs         and there were strong audiences for           Scotland’s only year-round                   discussion and review.
       back at the final days of the war through     of Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate     from Renfrewshire joined in voice with      compilations of some of Rikki Fulton’s        contemporary drama River City,
       the eyes of Scots who witnessed              to a survey of the films of Michael         children from the Lutheran Christmas        finest sketches in The Very Best of Scotch &   with viewers rating it more highly than      Coverage of shinty included the
       it themselves. Men of the Scottish           Powell and the friendship between          Church in Bethlehem in a Watchnight         Wry on BBC One Scotland in November.          any other UK soap. Storylines raised         Camanachd Cup Final from An Aird,
       regiments who fought on in the Far East      composer Peter Maxwell Davies and          Service from Paisley Abbey.                                                               awareness of a range of social issues        Fort William with commentary from
       until VJ Day in August 1945 told of that     author George Mackay Brown.                                                            Craig Hill brought his distinctive brand      from mental health disorders to              Iain Anderson and Hugh Dan
       brutal campaign in an hour long special
       VJ Heroes – Scotland’s Jungle War.           An important cultural anniversary was         One in three                             of comedy to Friday nights on BBC One
                                                                                                                                           Scotland with the showbiz and what’s-
                                                                                                                                           on magazine Craig Hill’s Out Tonight. New
                                                                                                                                                                                         alcoholism and child pornography.            MacLennan and highlights of the Marine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harvest Festival from Spean Bridge in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      October. The Adventure Show (Triple
                                                    marked in Happy Birthday Wullie! (Angel       of the Scottish population                                                             Sport
       Two other projects, also from BBC            Eye Scotland) as the ageless hero of the      saw some of Live8:                       and established talent from Scotland’s        BBC Scotland brought viewers the             Echo) showcased a wide range of the
       Aberdeen, evoked a strong response           D C Thomson comic strip reached his                                                    thriving contemporary music scene was         year’s most memorable sporting               outdoor and adventure sports for which
       from audiences. Karluk: Surviving the
                                                                                                  Edinburgh on BBC Scotland                showcased in The Music Show.                                                               Scotland is now a major destination,
                                                    seventieth year.                                                                                                                     moments, including Scotland’s Calcutta
       Arctic told the story of an ill-fated                                                                                               In a special programme in January, the        Cup win and the penalty shootout             from surfing to snowboarding. Twelve

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The Last Laugh   Tartan Shorts - Sweetie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sea of Souls


      programmes covered events as diverse          of Souls returned to BBC One in the            Arts and factual                           Programmes on film from BBC Scotland          Education
      as the Mountain Biking World Cup in           New Year to a competitive Saturday             Stepfamilies, for BBC One, took an         included further series of Film 2005 and     BBC Scotland’s resources for schools
      Fort William and the Tiree Wave Classic.      night slot. Shot in Glasgow and starring       original approach to a major social        2006 with Jonathan Ross and a short          aim to support the needs of teachers
      The NatWest Island Games took place           Bill Paterson and Dawn Steele, it was          phenomenon of our times. Family            series of Hollywood Greats including         and pupils with imaginative approaches
      in Shetland for the first time in July         one of the most highly appreciated             counsellor Suzie Hayman helped             a profile of Marlon Brando. In the            to key topics within the 3-18 Guidelines.
      and the behind-the-scenes stories of          programmes on BBC One throughout               five families work towards more             autumn, The DVD Collection relaunched        This year new resources were produced in
      organisers and competitors were told in       its run. The series won the year’s BAFTA       harmonious relationships. Submarine        for BBC Four with a wider remit as           all three media. Television programmes
      Island Games (Mentorn TV) in October.         Scotland drama award.                          Rescue, broadcast on BBC One, told         The Cinema Show.                             on emotional health were accompanied
                                                                                                   how experts from the UK saved the                                                       by web resources which could be
      The history of sport proved a source of       A fourth series of Still Game, commissioned    lives of seven Russian submariners         Children’s                                   used throughout the primary school.
      great appeal for audiences to BBC One         directly by the network for the first           trapped in the North Pacific in August      BBC Children’s Scotland provides             Television and web resources on the
      Scotland. That Was the Team That Was…         time, broadcast throughout the UK on           2005. On BBC Two, Griff Rhys Jones         some of the BBC’s most distinctive           Southern Uplands completed a project
      featured great sides of the past, including   BBC Two. A second network series was           explored the real-life adventures of       programming for younger audiences.           on Scottish Physical Features for middle
      the Dundee United team which reached          broadcast during the summer of 2006.           the author of Swallows and Amazons         The year saw more episodes of                stages pupils. Around Scotland, for upper
      the final of the UEFA Cup in 1986/87                                                          in The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome.      established successes and the                stages pupils, examined historical
      and the Aberdeen side which won the           BBC Scotland’s The Last Laugh, broadcast                                                  development of new formats                   evidence in the context of The Scottish
      European Cup Winners Cup in 1982/83.          on BBC Three, and presented by Dara            Two outstanding documentaries from         for the future.                              Wars of Independence. Radio resources
      In Gretna’s Field of Dreams (Hand Pict        O’Briain, was the UK’s biggest-ever            BBC Scotland made a distinctive                                                         continued to be well used for music and
      Productions), the fairytale story of Gretna   sitcom writing competition. Writers            contribution to BBC Four’s Conan           A second series of the award-winning         movement and for the development of
      FC’s 2005/06 season was told in two           behind sitcoms like Rab C Nesbitt and          Doyle season. Arthur Conan Doyle           Shoebox Zoo aired on CBBC and BBC            listening and talking skills. New television
      observational documentaries broadcast         My Family supplied unfinished scripts for       for the Defence, which was repeated        One. The first series sold to more than       and web resources were produced to
      in the week of the Scottish Cup Final.        entrants to complete, drawing almost           on BBC Two in January, highlighted         20 territories across the world while the    support pupils working for Intermediate
                                                    5000 would-be comedy writers from              the experiences of Sherlock Holmes’        Shoebox Zoo website became one of            and Higher level certificates in English,
                                                    across the UK. In a further eight-part         creator as a real-life investigator. The   the most successful BBC sites of its type.   History, Geography and Modern Studies.
      Programmes for UK                             series of Comedy Connections for BBC           programme featured rare archive
      audiences                                     One Doon Mackichan told the stories            footage of the author himself. The Man     BBC Scotland’s game show Raven
                                                    behind the UK’s favourite sitcoms, from        Who Loved Sherlock Holmes told the         has become one of CBBC’s most
      Entertainment and drama
                                                    The Fast Show to ‘Allo ‘Allo. BBC Scotland’s   mysterious story of writer and Holmes      distinctive brands. A fourth series
      A second series of 55 Degrees North
                                                    distinctive approach to television history     enthusiast Roger Lancelyn Green. In        was broadcast and a further 40
      was broadcast on BBC One from
                                                    proved equally successful in Drama             Dickens in America, also for BBC Four,     episodes commissioned for 2006/07.
      May. Set on Tyneside and starring Don
                                                    Connections which revealed the behind-         Miriam Margolyes retraced the author’s     Production of another of CBBC’s most
      Gilet and Dervla Kirwan, the series
                                                    the-scenes stories from iconic drama           first tour of North America in 1842.        successful shows, Balamory, concluded
      offered audiences a gritty alternative
                                                    series such as Pride and Prejudice, Tenko      Part of the series was later shown         after more than 250 episodes. The
      to conventional Sunday evening drama.
                                                    and The Singing Detective.                     on BBC Two.                                series won the year’s BAFTA Scotland
      One of BBC Scotland’s most successful
                                                                                                                                              children’s award.
      dramas, Monarch of the Glen, drew to
                                                    Edinburgh’s Live8 concert on 6 July            Production of 28 editions of BBC Two’s
      a close in October after seven series.
                                                    was screened throughout the UK on              flagship arts magazine The Culture Show     During the year new ideas were
      Over six million viewers throughout
                                                    BBC Three and the following weekend            was shared between London and              developed for pre-school, entertainment
      the UK watched much loved characters
                                                    the network carried a simultaneous             Glasgow. In August, three editions of      and drama programmes. A new show
      Molly, Hector and Donald (played,
                                                    broadcast of BBC Two Scotland’s                Edinburgh Festival for BBC Two profiled     from the creators of Balamory has been
      respectively, by Susan Hampshire,
                                                    coverage of T in the Park.                     some of most exciting work from the        commissioned for CBeebies.
      Richard Briers and Tom Baker) take
                                                                                                   capital’s arts festivals for audiences
      their final bows. A third series of Sea
                                                                                                   across the UK.

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                                                                       Radio Scotland                               which increased audience involvement.      came from Melbourne, offering a light-
     Radio Scotland reflects contemporary Scottish life at national                                                 In Morning Extra with Gary Robertson       hearted look at the city which hosted
                                                                       Radio Scotland remains the station with      listeners discussed issues as diverse as   the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
     and local level, from the impact of international events to the   the largest number of listeners across       drug abuse and proposals to adopt a
     daily experience of communities from the Borders to the           the nation, attracting nearly a quarter
                                                                       of the population every week. A range
                                                                                                                    new Scottish national anthem. A new
                                                                                                                    lunchtime strand Scotland Live combined
                                                                                                                                                               Arts coverage on radio continued to
                                                                                                                                                               explore cultural developments past and
     Northern Isles                                                    of new voices and formats was                breaking news, interviews and in-depth     present. Projects such as The Nation’s
                                                                                                                                                               Favourite Scottish Poem, which featured
                                                                       introduced during the year.                  reports from across the country.
                                                                                                                                                               across the output, drew listeners’
                                                                       At the core of the network is                To follow Morning Extra, Fred MacAulay     attention to some of the most enduring
                                                                       comprehensive, week-round coverage           relaunched as MacAulay & Co in a           and some of the most contemporary
                                                                       of news, current affairs and politics from   format designed to stimulate greater       of Scottish literary works.
                                                                       a Scottish perspective. During the year      audience involvement. In the run-up
                                                                       the morning schedule strengthened its        to the ban on smoking in public places,
                                                                       mix of information, discussion and           Fred helped listeners beat the habit.
                                                                       entertainment with new programmes            For two weeks in March the show
     Asian Overground, Rupa Dilber and Manjot Sumal

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Greg Hemphill and Vic Galloway

                                                                                                                                                 campaign to reduce suicide rates in the     religious discussion in Sally Magnusson’s     Programmes produced for Radio 4
                                                                                                                                                 Highlands and a rural community trying      Sally On Sunday struck an immediate           offered Scottish insights into local and
                                                                                                                                                 to save its local pub. The series drew a    chord with listeners. During the Six          international stories. Andrew Cassell told
                                                                                                                                                 strong response from listeners, many of     Nations tournament, Good Morning              the story of the campaign to abolish
                                                                                                                                                 whom contacted the production team          Scotland’s Thought for the Day featured       tolls on the Skye bridge in A Bridge Too
                                                                                                                                                 with stories of their own.                  thoughts from representatives of the          Far. The Battle for Babylon reported on
                                                                                                                                                                                             competing nations in Rome, Paris,             efforts to save the Hanging Gardens of
                                                                                                                                                 Programmes from independent producers       Cardiff, London and Dublin.                   the ancient Mesopotamian city from the
                                                                                                                                                 were commissioned across a wider                                                          threat posed by recent military activity
                                                                                                                                                 range of genres than ever before.           Radio Scotland covered more sports            in the area. Programmes for Radio 4’s
                                                                                                                                                 Comedy Playhouse (The Comedy Unit)          than ever before. In the summer there         Sunday Worship included a special service
                                                                                                                                                 featured scripts from five writers new       was live coverage of mountain biking,         from St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh
                                                                                                                                                 to radio. Other new comedy included         horse racing and Highland Games,              in July marking the G8 summit and
                                                                                                                                                 Sabotage and The Franz Kafka Big Band,      and daily programmes from the                 featuring African music from the Glasgow
       Radio                                                                                                                                     both from Demus Productions. Bryan          Commonwealth Games in Melbourne               Gospel Choir. In advance of the summit,
                                                                                                                                                 Burnett, presenter of Brand New Country     in March. The network continued to            Colin Blane examined the work of the
                                                                                                                                                 (Neon Productions) was named CMA            offer the best coverage of the SPL on         Commission for Africa in a three-part
                                                                                                                                                 International Country Broadcaster 2005.     any medium, with commentaries on              series Agenda for Africa for the BBC
       In Radio Rookies listeners from different    The network remained committed                in their own language while the seven-                                                     every fixture available on the internet.       World Service.
       work environments were given the             to coverage of a wide range of music          part dialect quiz Your Word Against Mine,      An eventful season at Heart of Midlothian
       opportunity to make their own radio          events across Scotland from the Celtic        presented by Cameron Stout, was                FC provided the background for Colin        The phone-in and fanzine formats              In March 2006, the tenth anniversary of
       programme in a day. And community            Connections festival to the Live8             recorded in towns and villages across          MacDonald’s comedy-drama King of            90 Minutes, Off The Ball and Your Call        the Dunblane tragedy was marked for
       involvement also characterised the           concert at Murrayfield in July. 10,000         the nation. Broadcasts of shortlisted          Hearts, starring Paul Young.                combined football news and opinion. The       Sunday Worship by a service from St Mary’s
       approach of Let’s Do The Show Right          people gathered on Glasgow Green              work in The Nation’s Favourite Scottish                                                    best of the day’s football programming        Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow led by
       Here, which raised finance for a range of     on a mild evening in early September          Poem, won by Robert Burns’ ‘Tam                During the year Radio Scotland’s            was made available every evening in the       the Rev. Colin G. McIntosh, minister of
       projects, from a victim support scheme       for the BBC Proms in the Park. In one         O’Shanter’, were dominated by work             SoundTown project was based at Elgin        form of a podcast. Away from football,        Dunblane Cathedral.
       in Lanarkshire to a playpark at Wellbank     item, the Lanarkshire-based Mugenkyo          in Scots, Scottish English and Gaelic.         High School in Moray. Programmes            there was live coverage of golf, Scotland’s
       near Dundee.                                 Taiko drummers combined with Radio                                                           such as MacAulay & Co, Sportsound and       rugby internationals and shinty.              During the year, BBC Scotland produced
                                                    Scotland Young Traditional Musician of        Some individual programmes reflected            The Radio Café were broadcast from                                                        more than 75 hours of drama and readings
       The daily arts programme, presented          the Year, piper Stuart Cassells. Fifteen      distinctive local forms such as the Shetland   the campus and pupils developed their       Bulletins at key points in the weekday        for BBC network radio, showcasing
       by Clare English and Janice Forsyth,         new songs from first-time songwriters          voices in The Shetland Bus and The Gloup       media skills, working alongside the news    schedule brought the latest news from the     writing and performing talent from
       relaunched in June as The Radio Café         were featured in a St Andrew’s Day            and Last in Line on Perthshire cant,           team at BBC Inverness and producing         world of sport. Radio Scotland’s coverage     Scotland for audiences across the UK.
       with a brief to encourage active             live broadcast from the Burnsong              while Welcome Home Peter Kinnen tauld          a programme on healthy eating. On           of a disputed penalty decision at a Rangers   Drama for Radio 4 included Greenmantle
       participation and cover a broader            – Live! Festival of Song in Dumfries. The     hou a new edition o Beatrix Potter’s           Christmas Eve, the school’s senior choir    v Hearts match in March won a Silver          and another series of Alexander McCall
       range of subjects. Features during           network’s Big Day of Music devoted            kenspeckle ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’          featured in the network’s Watchnight        Award at the Sony Radio Awards.               Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective
       the year included a photography              much of the schedule on 22 January to         owerset intae Scots wis helpin tae pit         Service from Elgin High Church.                                                           Agency. Alex Zegerman and Ron Butlin’s
       competition ‘Autumn Snapshots’               live music from Glasgow’s refurbished         new life intae the leid.                                                                   Programmes for network radio                  Afternoon Play The Singing Butler combined
       and, in February, the programme              City Halls with a galaxy of musical talent,                                                  The core of Radio Scotland’s religious      BBC Scotland remained a major                 the responses of dramatist and poet to
       joined MacAulay & Co to encourage            including Rod Paterson, Kate Rusby and        A special feature of the year was the          programming is the Sunday morning           contributor to classical and jazz output      Jack Vettriano’s iconic image. For Drama
       listeners to write a novel of their          the 2005 Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion,          range of innovative speech programmes          sequence whose successful mix of music,     on Radio 3, with a special emphasis on        on 3 there was new work from Leila
       own in Write Here, Right Now. The            Sarah Naylor from Uig in Skye. In April       produced in Inverness. After the Gary          conversation and discussion continued       reflecting Scotland’s vibrant live music       Aboulela, The Lion of Chechnya. Radio 4
       project drew almost a thousand               2006, Robbie Shepherd celebrated 70           Robertson Show ended in June, its              to attract audiences during its first full   scene. For the network’s Lunchtime            readings included Harry Thompson’s
       participants including first and second       years of Scottish dance music on radio        production team focused on a broader           year. There and elsewhere in the            Concert there were series on Discovering      This Thing of Darkness abridged by James
       year students at St Thomas Aquinas           (and his own 70th birthday) in a special      range of output. Olivia Giles interviewed      schedule, religious programming reflects     Mozart from Edinburgh and, from the           Robertson, Adrift in Caledonia abridged
       Secondary in Glasgow. The Radio Café         edition of Take the Floor.                    people who have stared death in the            the workings of faith in contemporary       Cowdray Hall in Aberdeen, one celebrating     by author Nick Thorpe and in March
       originates at lunchtime and is repeated                                                    face in The Day I Didn’t Die while in Dad      lives and offers a platform for voices      Edvard Grieg’s connections with the           2006 a week of original stories from
       in the early evening, making daily arts      Radio Scotland reflects a broader              Made Me Laugh Sally Magnusson met              from a range of religious and ethical       North East of Scotland. Fifteen concerts      Scottish writers in Scottish Shorts.
       coverage from a Scottish perspective         range of Scottish speech than any             the children of some of the UK’s best          perspectives. There were a number           were broadcast live from the Edinburgh
       available to a wider audience.               other medium. The network continues           loved comedians and comic actors, from         of new series during the year. What I       International Festival and made available
                                                    to use its topical output like Morning        Chic Murray’s daughter Annabel to              Believe explored the foundations of         on the internet during the following
       The network’s weeknight music zone           Extra, Scotland Live, The Radio Café, the     Peter Sellers’ son, Michael. In September,     faith and featured Yvonne Ridley,           week. A further 10 were recorded and
       showcases established and emerging           Beechgrove Potting Shed and 90 Minutes,       a seven-part series explored the world         a journalist who embraced Islam following   broadcast during September. Jazz Line-
       Scottish talent alongside the best the       as well as community programming,             of The London Scots and talked to,             capture by the Taliban. In A Tough Call     Up featured home-grown jazz stars like
       genre can offer in contemporary, world,      as showcases for the rich variety of          among others, Andy Barr, Network               people who have overcome life-changing      Tommy Smith, Ryan Quigley and Brian
       jazz, folk and country music. New genres     Scottish speech forms which callers and       Co-ordination Manager for London               moments, from Celtic captain Neil           Kellock alongside live festival broadcasts,
       and voices were added to the mix. In         contributors bring to the programmes.         Underground and BBC Radio 4’s James            Lennon to Shirley McKie, the former         from Scarborough to County Cork, and
       Asian Overground, Rupa Dilber and Manjot     Features like Past Lives reflect voices        Naughtie. Another new series from              detective wrongly accused of leaving her    a special edition featuring the BBC Big
       Sumal explored the exciting blend of         from all over Scotland. Contributors          Inverness, Action Scotland, featured           fingerprint at a murder scene, talked        Band to mark the re-opening of the City
       traditional and western sounds which has     to Trip Off the Tongue, part of the BBC-      people trying to make a contribution           about the moral and emotional dilemmas      Halls in Glasgow in January 2006.
       evolved on the Scottish Asian music scene.   wide Voices project, told their stories       to the lives of others and featured a          they faced. In February 2006, topical

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News and
Current Affairs
                                                               Television                                   A news team travelled to Pakistan with      interview with one of the fingerprint
     BBC Scotland news and analysis on radio, television and                                                members of Scotland’s Muslim community      officers at the heart of the story. A year
                                                               Reporting Scotland, the nation’s most
     online offer a Scottish perspective on stories from the   watched news programme, covered the
                                                                                                            in the aftermath of the earthquake in
                                                                                                            October. In March 2006 the programme
                                                                                                                                                        after the tragic deaths of five members
                                                                                                                                                        of the same family in a storm in January
     global to the local                                       stories which mattered to audiences in
                                                               Scotland, from the local to the global.
                                                                                                            came live from the Fife village of
                                                                                                            Cellardyke where a swan infected
                                                                                                                                                        2005, it returned to the Western Isles
                                                                                                                                                        to assess the measures taken to prevent
                                                                                                            with the H5N1 virus was discovered.         a reoccurrence.
                                                               The programme’s coverage of the G8
                                                               summit at Gleneagles in July 2005 was        Newsnight Scotland on BBC Two               In May 2006, BBC Scotland’s current
                                                               nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award.        Scotland combines original journalism       affairs flagship Frontline Scotland won
                                                               Later in the year, the programme followed    and in-depth analysis of the issues which   the BAFTA Scotland News and Current
                                                               up some of the issues raised during the      lie behind the news. The programme          Affairs award for a programme which
                                                               summit with a special report from Malawi     brought a series of revelations on the      helped to prompt a Scottish Executive
                                                               on the effectiveness of aid from Scotland.   Shirley McKie affair, including the first    review of care home provision.

     Reporting Scotland

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Good Morning Scotland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scottish Parliamentary team

      News and Current Affairs

      Topics covered by its investigative team    of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans        Interactive                                     Fridays aimed to appeal beyond the          on BBC One Scotland, presented by
      during the year ranged from new police      and the first case of bird flu discovered    The team behind the BBC Scotland                core audience for political programming.    Sally Magnusson. Eòrpa reported on
      powers against nuisance neighbours          on UK shores.                              news website was strengthened with              Research indicated that audiences           France’s reliance on nuclear power
      to the revolution sparked by Vladimir                                                  the recruitment of text journalists based       responded well to the satirical approach    and Coinneach MacIomhair debated
      Romanov at Heart of Midlothian FC.          On Sunday mornings Sunday Live             in six regions around Scotland. Six new         of its Who’s Up, Who’s Down feature.        energy issues every morning on Radio
      A programme broadcast in March 2006,        provided the latest stories, background    sections containing regional news               The Politics Show on Sunday mornings on     nan Gaidheal.
      after the Scottish Executive settled        on the major story of the week, and less   content were added to the website.              BBC One reported from rural Argyllshire
      the civil action with Shirley McKie,        reported stories from further afield.       All the new content was made available          on land reform and from Manchester on       Work continued to develop formats
      recounted how Frontline had first                                                       on mobile phones and other digital              approaches to anti-social behaviour.        which increase engagement with
      revealed the Scottish Criminal Record       Bulletins in the Highlands, the North      handheld devices. The amount of audio                                                       the democratic process. In some
      Office misidentifications of Ms McKie’s       East, the Borders and the South West       and video available on BBC Scotland             BBC Scotland correspondents at              circumstances, it can be easier for a
      fingerprints in a murder victim’s house.     continued to provide local news for        News Interactive increased during the           Westminster brought a Scottish              video-journalist to get to the heart
                                                  communities in these areas. In July,       year. Many individual news items were           perspective to UK stories in coverage       of a story than it is for a conventional
      Radio Scotland                              Shetland played hosted to the biannual     made available in broadband format              that included Conservative and Liberal      television crew. The use of video-
      Radio Scotland’s news focus on events       Island Games tournament, involving         and some video items were produced              Democrat leadership contests and the        journalism was introduced during the
      and issues from a Scottish perspective      competitors from 23 communities from       specifically for online output.                  campaign for a public inquiry into the      year, where appropriate, to augment
      extended with the addition of Morning       Rhodes to Bermuda. Radio Shetland                                                          deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut Army     conventional crewing.
      Extra with Gary Robertson to the            produced an extra 25 hours of live         Political programming                           Barracks in Surrey.
      schedule following Good Morning             programmes during the week, with           BBC Scotland’s political journalists
      Scotland. Listeners to the nation’s most
      popular radio news programme were
                                                  news, results and commentary.              provide the most comprehensive
                                                                                             coverage of politics from a Scottish
                                                                                                                                             Two landmark programmes presented
                                                                                                                                             by Glenn Campbell for the G8 summit            Reporting
      now able to comment on and respond                                                     perspective on any broadcast medium.            in July focused on poverty in Africa
      to issues of the day, issues which ranged
      from the terrorist attacks in London          Radio                                    In a year busy with electoral contest,
                                                                                             programmes sought to widen their range
                                                                                                                                             and global environmental issues. In
                                                                                                                                             August, the memorial service for Robin         the nation’s most watched
      on 7 July 2005 to the decline of the
      High Street in Scotland. Presented            Scotland’s                               of contributors and topics, and illuminate
                                                                                             policy issues such as faith schools, crofting
                                                                                                                                             Cook was broadcast from St Giles’
                                                                                                                                             Cathedral in Edinburgh and the life and
                                                                                                                                                                                            news programme, covered
                                                                                                                                                                                            the stories which mattered
      by Derek Bateman, Andrew Cassell              focus on events and issues               law and NHS dental provision.                   achievement of the former Foreign
                                                                                                                                                                                            to audiences in Scotland
      and Mhairi Stuart, GMS continued to           from a Scottish perspective                                                              Secretary celebrated in Robin Cook – A
      combine coverage of the global and            extended with the addition               Radio Scotland’s daily programme of             Political Life. The earthquake in Kashmir
      local with regular business, sport and                                                 political news and analysis Politics Tonight    in October touched the lives of many
      travel news. A highlight during the year      of Morning Extra with Gary               relaunched as Scotland at Ten, providing        Asian Scots. A special programme
      was the programme’s coverage of the           Robertson to the schedule                breaking news and in-depth coverage             reported on the Scottish contribution
      Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.                                                       of Scottish politics across all audio           to the international rescue operation.
                                                                                             platforms, including FM, DAB and
      When a big story breaks during the                                                     digital television.                             For a week in March, content across
      day, the first comprehensive response is                                                                                                television, radio and online highlighted
      likely to be found on Radio Scotland’s                                                 A panel of school students questioned           a major political issue for a wider
      late afternoon sequence, Newsdrive.                                                    decision-makers in front of a live              audience. BBC Scotland’s Energy Week
      During the year the strand provided                                                    audience in Perth’s new Concert Hall.           featured a specially commissioned poll,
      breaking news and context on stories                                                   Holyrood Live continued weekly coverage         live programmes on Radio Scotland,
      from the G8 summit and the 7 July                                                      of First Minister’s Questions in the            features from West Kilbride, Longannet
      attacks in London to the impact                                                        Scottish Parliament. Politics Scotland on       and Elgin and a major audience debate

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Para Handy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dè-a nis


      BBC Scotland provides the only                 Live8 coverage was made possible by            witty introduction to different dialects     musician in search of his roots.             and explored the effect of the tragedy
      comprehensive national broadcasting            the inclusion of the network in contract       in the youth programme Rapal’s version       A second series of Tìr is Teanga             on the community as a whole. It went
      service in Gaelic across television, radio     agreements at an early stage. The              of ‘Call My Bluff ’ and an impromptu         produced by Caledonia TV again               on to win a Scottish BAFTA and the
      and online, offering daily news and            production team from the youth music           sing-along in the Coinneach MacIomhair       highlighted the beauty of Scotland’s         Current Affairs award at the Celtic Film
      current affairs, entertainment, education      show Rapal took full advantage of the          programme as the issue of accents            natural environment while exploring          and Television Festival in Falmouth.
      and new interactive services on the            opportunity, creating a memorable              in singing performances was discussed.       the close links between natural features
      internet. Partnerships with external           evening of listening from Murrayfield           Kenny MacIver, presenter of the              and the Gaelic language.                     Online
      bodies in the Gaelic world and beyond          and a highlight of the Gaelic network’s        Coinneach MacIomhair show, was named                                                      The BBC Alba website was
      were strengthened in the interests of the      summer schedule.                               Radio Personality of the Year at the         A co-production between MNE                  comprehensively redesigned, achieving
      Gaelic audience, most significantly in the                                                     Celtic Film and Television Festival in       Television and The Comedy Unit, funded       a distinctive tone and appearance which
      continuing discussions with the Gaelic         The 60th anniversary of the end of World       Falmouth, following in the footsteps         by the Gaelic Media Service, continued       has drawn positive feedback from users.
      Media Service, the Scottish Executive and      War II was marked by Strì gu Sìth in which     of last years’ winner, Rapal presenter       to build the comedy presence in the          A Gaelic programme was also made
      others on the development of a Gaelic          contemporary accounts from the archive         Niall-Iain MacDonald.                        schedule. The new format Comadaidh           available as a podcast for the first time.
      digital service. During the year, output for   were creatively re-contextualised. An                                                       Òir took six writers on the road across      Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh is a popular
      Gaelic audiences reflected pan-BBC              accompanying website was developed and         A very special musical event focusing        Scotland in search of the title of Comedy    offering for learners of Gaelic both in
      programme initiatives, from the                a community strand of the project was          on the music of Gaelic’s best known          King or Queen. Sketches written by           Scotland and further afield and the
      commemoration of the end of World              undertaken jointly with the Gaelic Arts        band, Runrig, provided the centrepiece       the writers were performed at six            increased access offered by the podcast
      War II to the Voices project.                  Agency. Eight communities in Scotland          of the festive schedule. The Flower of       community events with the subsequent         has been welcomed.
                                                     were visited and the war-time memories         the West concert, organised by the           programmes offering a mix of reality
      Radio                                          of 116 people recorded. Much of the new        Glasgow-based body An Lòchran and            TV and live performance.                     Production is also well underway
      The Gaelic news team benefited from             material told the story of the war on the      featuring new and established musical                                                     on Gaelic commissions for BBC jam,
      resource sharing across BBC Scotland           home front, complementing the material         talent offering their interpretations of     Comadaidh Òir was followed in the            the Digital Curriculum project. A team
      in the run-up to the G8 summit at              in the archive. As part of the legacy of the   the music of Runrig, was a sell-out at the   schedule by the latest offering from BBC     offering a broad spectrum of skills
      Gleneagles in July. As the summit              project the communities involved will          Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Coverage         Alba’s in-house comedy production            is working on a variety of subjects
      approached, reporters undertook                retain these recordings.The local, national    formed the core of a specially extended      team. Building on a character created        including history, numeracy and science.
      specialist safety training in preparation      and international perspectives of war          schedule of programmes on Hogmanay.          in last year’s Air Ais Air An Ran Dan, the
      for the event. The Gaelic audience had         were further enhanced by an audio diary                                                     department’s first-ever comedy drama          The quality and creativity of the website
      first hand accounts of the stories as they      recorded by journalist Torcuil Crichton        Television                                   series was created. PC Alasdair Stiùbhart    developed to support the landmark
      happened, in their own language.               during the commemorations in Hiroshima         Music also provided the highlight of         was filmed in a ‘fly on the wall’ style,       music series Aig Cridhe ar Ciùil was
                                                     and Nagasaki.                                  the festive schedule on television. A        portraying the day to day life of the        recognised with a Scottish BAFTA award.
                                                                                                    documentary offering rare access to one      hapless policeman of the title.
         BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s                    The BBC Voices campaign was featured           of Scotland’s most talented musicians,
         coverage of the Live8 concert               across BBC Radio nan Gaidheal                  Blair Douglas, took viewers on a journey     The highly regarded European current
                                                     schedules with a number of special             from Braes in Skye to the Louisiana          affairs series Eòrpa continued to bring
         in Edinburgh was the

                                                     programmes focusing on the varied              Bayou. The programme was produced            the audience a wide range of stories
                                                     ways in which Gaelic is spoken across          by MNE Television and was one of a           from home and abroad. The series
                                                     Scotland. An unexpected benefit of the          number of independent productions            made an early return to the screen
                                                     project for a network on which language        funded by the Gaelic Media Service.          to mark the first anniversary of the
                                                     issues are often debated was the               Others included a further series of the      Beslan tragedy. The programme offered
         musical event ever                          opportunity to encourage both                  arts strand Ealtainn from Mac TV with        a detailed picture of the efforts being
         presented by the station.                   audience and staff to have more fun            subjects ranging from Gaelic nursery         made by parents to determine the
                                                     with the language. Highlights included a       rhymes to the journey of a young             culpability of the Russian authorities

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PC Alasdair Stiubhart   Rapal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eòrpa


       ‘S ann bho BBC Alba a tha an aona            an sàs agus fhuair luchd èisteachd na        cothrom ùr do luchd-obrach is luchd-          prògraman seo cuideachd bha sreath          na cloinne a dèanamh gus coire nan
       sheirbheis Ghàidhlig ioma-meadhanach         Gàidhlig aithrisean beò mu thachartasan      èisteachd beagan fealla-dha is spòrs a        eile de phrògraman ealain, Ealtainn, bho    ughdarrasan a mheas agus a’ bhuaidh a
       a tighinn.Tha i a’ còmhdach raon farsaing    fad làithean nan coinneamhan.                bhi aca. Bha sgioba Rapal ri “Call My         MAC TV le cuspairean cho farsaing ri        bh’aig a’ chall beatha air a’ choimhearsnachd.
       bho naidheachdan is gnothaichean làitheil                                                 Bluff ” agus thug sgioba phrògram             rannan cloinne agus fear ciùil òg a bha     Fhuair am prògram sònraichte seo duais
       gu foghlam, cuir seachad agus seirbheisean   Bha seo mar thoradh air còraichean           Choinnich air an bha an làthair san studio    a’ sireadh ceanglaichean-teaghlaich.        Bafta Albannach agus an duais airson
       ùra eadar ghnìomhachail air an eadar-lion.   Gàidhlig a bhi stèidhichte anns a’           dalladh air òrain is iad a’ deasbad blas na   Thug Tìr is Teanga, an darna sreath air a   prògraman aithriseach aig Feis Film is
                                                    chùmhnant a rinn am BBC ri Live8.            Gàidhlig ann an seinn. Chaidh urram           riochdachadh le Caledonia TV, sealladh      Telebhisean ‘s na Dùthchannan Ceilteach
       Gu maith luchd-cleachdaidh ar                Se sgioba Rapal a bha ag aithris air an      Pearsa Rèidio na Bliadhna a’ bhuileachadh     eile dhuinn air bòidhchead ar dùthcha       ann am Falmouth.
       seirbheisean chaidh ceanglaichean            oidhche agus mairidh am prògram aca          air Coinneach MacÌomhair aig Fèis Film        agus an ceangal a tha aig an àrainneachd
       le buidheanan Gàidhlig is eile a             gu fada ann an cuimhne mòran.                is Telebhisean sna Dùthchannan                ri ar cànan.                                Air-loidhne
       dhaingneachadh. Lean còmhraidhean                                                         Ceilteach ann am Falmouth dìreach mar                                                     Chaidh cruth tur ùr a thoirt air an
       buannachdail thar na bliadhna le             Chomharraich an t-sreath Strì gu Sìth an     a rinneadh air Niall-Iain Dòmhnallach a’      Mhaoinich Seirbheis na Meadhanan            làrach lìn, agus bha e
       Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig,            60 bliadhna bho crìochnaich an darna         bhliadhna roimhe.                             Gàidhlig cuideachd co-riochdachadh          follaiseach gu robh an sgeadachadh seo
       Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus buidhnean eile     cogadh. Chaidh dreach cruthachail                                                          eadar MNE Television agus The Comedy        a chòrdadh ris an luchd cleachdaidh.
       mu sheirbheis ùr diotsaideach Gàidhlig a     a chuir air iomraidhean a th’ann an          Be Flower of The West, cuirm-chiùil a         Unit a thug leasachadh air àbhachdas.       Chaidh a’ chiad podcast ann an Gàidhlig
       stèidheachadh. Fad na bhliadhna chaidh       tasglann Rèidio nan Gaidheal airson          chuireadh air dòigh leis An Lòchran,          Thug an t-sreath ùr Comadaidh Òir           a dhèanamh cuideachd. Be seo Litir Do
       taic a chuir ri iomairtean nàiseanta a’      sreath dhrùiteach ùr a dhealbh. Airson       buidheann ealain Ghlaschu, a ghabh            sia sgrìobhaichean air turas tarsaing       Luchd Ionnsachaidh air a bheil luchd
       BhBC le pròiseactan sònraichte mun           taic a chuir ris an t-sreath rèidio chaidh   prìomh àite air BBC Rèidio nan Gàidheal       Alba a lorg neach a gheibheadh an           ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig thall thairis
       darna cogadh agus mu dhual chainntean        làrach-lìn ùr a chruthachadh agus an         air oidhche Challainn. ‘S ioma dreach         tiotal Rìgh no Ban Rìgh an Àbhachdais.      agus aig an taigh cho measail. Chaidh
       na Gàidhlig tron iomairt Guthan.             co-bhonn ri Pròiseact nan Ealan chaidh       a thug seinneadairean stèidhichte is          Chunnacas dealbhan goirid le na             fàilte a chuir air an leasachadh ùr seo.
                                                    clàraidhean mun chogadh a thogail ann        seinneadairean òga is luchd-ciùil air òrain   sgrìobhaichean le luchd amharc ann an
       Rèidio                                       an 8 coimhearsnachdan air feadh Alba.        Runrig. Bha am prògram sònraichte             sia coimhearsnachdan le na programan        Tha sgioba riochdachaidh trang a’
       Thàinig buannachd gu seirbheis na            Dh’innis 116 neach sgeul a’ chogaidh         seo a chaidh a’ chlàradh le faisg air         an uairsin air an cruthachadh le na         cruthachadh ghoireasan Gàidhlig airson
       naidheachdan bho a bhith a’ co-              mar a thug e bhuaidh orra fhèin, a’          2000 duine san èisteachd ann an Talla         dealbhan agus sealladh fìrinneach air       BBCjam. Bheir an obair seo stuthan
       obrachadh agus a’ cleachdadh ghoireasan      cuir ris na bha clàraichte roimhe. Mar       Chonsartan Rìoghail a bhaile aig cridhe       mar a thachair.                             eadar-ghnìomhachail do sgoilearan a tha
       BBC Alba aig àm àrd-choinneamh an            dhìleab na pròiseact tha na clàraidhean      seirbheis rèidio a bha air a leudachadh                                                   ag ionnsachadh matamataic, saidheans,
       G8 an Gleann Eagais san Iuchar. Chaidh       ùra gu bhi air an tasgadh anns na            air an oidhche shònraichte seo.               Thug sgioba riochdachaidh BBC Alba          cruinn eòlas agus eachdraidh tro
       trèanadh sònraichte airson sàbhailteachd     coimhearsnachdan as an d’thàinig iad.                                                      an uairsin thugainn PC Alasdair Stiùbhart   mheadhan na Gàidhlig. Gheibh luchd
       a thoirt don luchd naidheachd a bha          Chaidh cuir ri na h-iomraidhean ionadail,    Telebhisean                                   stèidhichte air caractar a nochd ann an     ionnsachaidh aois 11-14 taic le bhith ag
                                                    nàiseanta agus eadar-nàiseanta air a’        Bha àite air leth aig ceòl air telebhisean    sreath na bliadhna an uiridh Air Ais air    ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig.
                                                    chogadh le prògram sònraichte a chlàr        thairis air deireadh na bliadhna              An Ran Dan. A’ toirt ma b’fhior sealladh
                                                    am fear-naidheachd Torcuil Crichton          cuideachd. Fhuair luchd amharc                fìrinneach air beatha làitheil bloigh de    Fhuair an làrach lìn a dh’fhàg na sreathan
           Se cuirm-chiùil                          ann an Nagasaki agus Hiroshima nuair
                                                    a bha sluagh nam bailtean sin cuideachd
                                                                                                 sealladh ainneamh air fear ciùil cho
                                                                                                 tàlantach ‘s a tha an Alba nuair a ghabh
                                                                                                                                               pholas, be seo a’ chiad sreath comadaidh
                                                                                                                                               a rinn Roinn na Gàidhlig.
                                                                                                                                                                                           telebhisean agus rèidio Aig Cridhe Ar
                                                                                                                                                                                           Ciùil mar dhìleab duais Bafta Albannach
           Live8 an tachartas                       a’ cuimhneachadh.                            Blàir Dubhghlas cuairt a thug e bho                                                       airson àrd ìre innleachd agus dreach.

           bu mhotha                                Chuir sinn taic ris iomairt cànain a BhBC,
                                                    Guthan, le iomadach prògram a’ toirt sùil
                                                                                                 dhachaidh as a’ Bhràighe san Eilean
                                                                                                 Sgitheanach gu Bayou Louisianna. Bha
                                                                                                 am prògram air a riochdachadh le MNE
                                                                                                                                               Mar a bhiodh dùil thug Eòrpa sgaoilteach
                                                                                                                                               de sgeulachdan as an Roinn Eòrpa agus
                                                                                                                                               a Alba chun an luchd amharc. Thill an t-
           bho robh BBC Rèidio nan
                                                    air an dòigh cainnt agus dual chainnt a      TV agus bha e a-measg àireamh de              sreath na bu thràithe nan àbhaist airson
           Gaidheal a’ craoladh beò a               th’anns a’ Ghàidhlig. Ged is tric a bhios    phrògraman neo-eisimeileach a bh’air          ceann bliadhna murt oillteil Bheslan a
           riamh.                                   gnothaichean cànain nan cuspair air BBC      am maoineachadh le Seirbheis nam              chomharrachadh. Sheall am prògram
                                                    Rèidio nan Gaidheal thug an iomairt seo      Meadhanan Gàidhlig. A-measg nam               dhuinn na h-oidhirpean a bha pàrantan

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BBC Scotland websites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Proms in the Park

       Interactive                                                                                                                           BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

       During the year BBC Scotland                In the coming year, work will continue to    of 2006, the highest quarterly figure         In a landmark year, the BBC Scottish                                                  In September 2005, the orchestra
       Interactive joined with the Education
       and Communities teams to bring
                                                   develop ways of making BBC Scotland
                                                   content more accessible to audiences
                                                                                                to date. There were more than half a
                                                                                                million requests to listen to football and
                                                                                                                                             Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrated
                                                                                                                                             its 70th anniversary and, in January
                                                                                                                                                                                            over                                   performed for BBC Proms in the Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   before a crowd of 10,000 on Glasgow
       unique cross-media focus and new
       media skills to the creation of content
                                                   using the internet.                          rugby commentaries online. The Iain
                                                                                                Anderson Show, Celtic Connections and
                                                                                                                                             2006, moved from Glasgow’s West
                                                                                                                                             End to a state-of-the-art broadcasting       12,000                                   Green. The BBC SSO was once again a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   central participant in Radio Scotland’s

       for BBC Scotland audiences. The             Island-Blogging, piloted as a user-          Travelling Folk received the most “listen    and performance base in the Merchant                                                  SoundTown project and continued its
       enhanced team offers material for a         generated community web resource for         again” requests.                             City, taking it closer to audiences and                                               orchestral mentoring scheme with
       range of new media platforms, including     the islands of North Argyll, rolled out                                                   increasing the opportunities for creative                                             the Royal Scottish Academy of Music
       the web, interactive television and         to all the Scottish islands, from Arran to                                                music-making.
                                                                                                                                                                                            attended BBC events                    and Drama. As part of the Africa Lives
       mobile devices, alongside education         Unst. The Island-Blogging application was                                                                                                in the City Halls in the               on the BBC season, the orchestra
       and community material across all           used to create a blog for the Head of
                                                                                                   There were                                                                               first three months of the
                                                                                                   more than
                                                                                                                                             Dating from 1841, the City Halls                                                      presented a unique concert and learning
       media. Content can support Scottish or      Radio Scotland, Jeff Zycinksi. Launched in                                                complex is Glasgow’s oldest purpose-           orchestra’s residency                  event for over 300 schoolchildren in
       UK network brands or be independent         December 2005, this was the first BBC                                                      built performance and meeting space.                                                  Glasgow, combining traditional African
       of radio or television output.

       Audience appetite for on-demand
                                                   blog to offer licence payers direct access
                                                   to the head of a national network.              330,000                                   Redesigned around the permanent
                                                                                                                                             residency of the BBC SSO, it offers
                                                                                                                                             a range of musical venues of varying
                                                                                                                                                                                         Managed by Glasgow Cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                         Enterprises, City Halls is also home to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   music, jazz and orchestral sounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In February 2006 the orchestra
                                                                                                   requests for live streaming
       services continued to grow. Non-news        Partnerships were formed with external                                                    sizes clustered around a Grand Hall,        the Scottish Music Centre. The building   welcomed a new director, Gavin
                                                                                                   of Radio Scotland in the first
       content such as The Music Show and          bodies to help develop the potential                                                      famed for its fine acoustic and filled        also hosts an innovative and accessible   Reid, following the retirement Hugh
       VideoGaiden was added to the news           of user-generated content for specific           quarter of 2006                           with light from windows unblocked           music learning programme through          Macdonald, director since 1991. The
       and current affairs already available via   educational projects. Development got                                                     after more than fifty years. The intimate    in-house workshops and webcasts, with     orchestra also welcomed Stefan Solyom
       a specially designed broadband console.     under way with the Scottish Executive’s                                                   Recital Room hosts chamber music            the BBC SSO at its heart.                 as Associate Guest Conductor.
                                                   Moving Image education project, an oral                                                   concerts for BBC Radio 3 while The Old
       On-demand content via broadband was         history project with schools in Govan,                                                    Fruitmarket is an established venue for     As well as concerts in Glasgow, the
       also made available following the Live8     and a project involving digital media                                                     jazz and folk.                              orchestra performed in Aberdeen, Ayr,
       Scotland and T in the Park music events.    students at the Royal Scottish Academy                                                                                                Gateshead, Haddington, Edinburgh,
       BBC Scotland secured the rights to stream   of Music and Drama.                                                                       The first music to be heard in the new       Inverness, Leeds, London, Orkney, Perth
       the Live8 concert live, and the site also                                                                                             Halls was a new commission from the         and Stirling. In March 2006 there was
       featured artist highlights during the       Sport and education resources                                                             BBC SSO’s Resident Composer, Anna           a successful tour of South America
       following week.The Live8 player featuring   remained the strongest drivers of web                                                     Meredith. Casting combined bin lids,        with concerts in Brazil, Uruguay and
       highlights from the concert at Murrayfield   usage. A Scottish football podcast was                                                    car parts and 250 young musicians           Argentina, where members of the
       received over 200,000 requests in the       launched in Spring 2006. Education sites                                                  from Bridgeton and Dennistoun to            orchestra also led practical workshops
       week following the concert.                 recorded more than five million page                                                       conjure up the sounds of the area’s         and presented two national seminars in
                                                   impressions during May 2006 in the                                                        industrial heritage. The orchestra gave     conjunction with the British Council.
       A collaboration between BBC New             run-up to the exam season, with Bitesize                                                  its first ever webcast concert including
       Media Scotland, BBC Drama Scotland          and Higher Bitesize pages seeing their                                                    a new Trombone Concerto by Scottish         The orchestra performed ambitious
       and the independent production              highest ever usage.                                                                       composer John Maxwell Geddes and            BBC Proms and Edinburgh International
       company Raindog explored the                                                                                                          four new pieces composed by Glasgow         Festival concerts. A final series at the
       possibilities of internet drama delivered   Listening to Radio Scotland over                                                          schoolchildren. The inaugural concert       Glasgow Royal Concert Hall was led
       via broadband and mobile devices.           the internet continued to increase                                                        series was launched by Chief Conductor      by Ilan Volkov and included a gala
       Launched in February, Junction 16           in popularity. There were more than                                                       Ilan Volkov with a new work from the        concert in the presence of HRH the
       offered multimedia drama designed           360,000 requests for live streaming of                                                    BBC SSO’s Composer in Association,          Duke of Edinburgh.
       for the teenage audience.                   Radio Scotland in the first three months                                                   Jonathan Harvey.

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                                                                                                Awards 05/06                                Finance

                                                                                                TELEVISION                                  BBC Scotland’s total income of              Income analysis                  2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06
                                                                                                Tales from the Edge                         £161m for 2005/06 returned to the                                                £m      £m      £m      £m      £m
                                                                                                Amnesty International Scottish Media        same level as 2003/04 after a record        BBC Scotland                        79.2    87.5    88.7    90.3    89.7
                                                                                                Award 2006
                                                                                                Winner                                      year in 2004/05. Although network           Network television                  44.5    62.2    52.9    60.4    51.7
                                                                                                                                            income declined by over £8m, the            Network radio                        4.1     4.1     4.2     4.3     3.9
                                                                                                The Holyrood Files
                                                                                                Celtic Film and Television Awards 2006      main reason for the decline was the         Other                                5.8     5.8     4.5     6.2     6.4
                                                                                                Winner – Documentary Feature                conclusion of an independent series,        External                             9.6     9.8    10.1     8.4     9.1
                                                                                                Eòrpa                                       Monarch of the Glen, with a shorter         Total                               143.2     169.4        160.4       169.6       160.8
                                                                                                Celtic Film and Television Awards 2006      run in 2005/06, which had a minimal
     Transmission                                                                               Winner – Current Affairs
                                                                                                Frontline Scotland: Home Truths:
                                                                                                                                            impact on the BBC Scotland cost base.       Television hours of output - Scotland
                                                                                                                                                                                        Gaelic                                                                                29
                                                                                                                                            With the forthcoming move to Pacific
                                                                                                The Real Cost of Care                                                                   Drama, comedy, music and arts                                                        108
                                                                                                Medical Journalists’ Awards 2005            Quay in 2007, the business is set for
                                                                                                                                                                                        News and current affairs                                                             517
                                                                                                Winner – Broadcast – TV: Regional           future growth.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sport and leisure                                                                    141
     Digital switchover                             the BBC decided to run a one year           Balamory
                                                                                                BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005                  Local television output hours rose
                                                                                                                                                                                        Children’s, education, factual and religion                                           96
                                                    trial of HD output on satellite and,        Winner – Childrens
                                                                                                                                            by over 5%, reflecting efficiencies           Total                                                                                891
     During the year the Government                 in the London area only, terrestrial
                                                                                                Sea of Souls                                made across the business. BBC Scotland
     confirmed its plans for the conversion of       transmission. The trial will improve        BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005                                                              Further analysed as
     UK terrestrial television from analogue        existing knowledge of technical             Winner – Drama                              facilitated in-house and independent
                                                                                                                                                                                        Independent productions                                                              164
     to digital transmission. An area-by-area       possibilities and allow for an evaluation   Still Game                                  growth. There was a substantial increase
                                                                                                                                                                                        In-house productions                                                                 727
     timetable was published, based on ITV          of the responses of BBC audiences to        BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005                  in network repeats. BBC Two utilised
                                                                                                Winner – Entertainment                      many BBC Scotland commissions from          Total                                                                                891
     regions, and Digital UK was set up to          HD programming.
     lead the switchover and communicate                                                        The Fighting McIlroys                       BBC Three and BBC Four to showcase
                                                                                                BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005
                                                                                                                                            high quality deliveries for analogue-only   Network deliveries
     with the public. Further information on        Radio                                       Winner – Documentary
                                                                                                                                            viewers.                                    Drama                                                                                  19
     Digital UK is available at http://www.         Two FM relay transmitters were brought      Frontline Scotland: Home Truths:                                                        Children’s                                                                             93                               into service in 2005 at Fort Augustus       The Real Cost of Care                                                                   Entertainment                                                                          46
                                                    and Penicuik. The former now provides       BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005
                                                                                                Winner – News & Current Affairs                                                         Factual                                                                                67
     The timetable for switchover begins in         signals to the Fort Augustus and                                                                                                    Music and arts                                                                         64
     the Borders ITV region in the autumn           Invergarry area as well as filling a gap     Kelly Anne Farquhar (Monarch of the Glen)
                                                                                                BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                        Education                                                                               1
     of 2008 affecting viewers in the Borders,      in coverage on the A82 road between         Winner – Best First-Time Performance
                                                                                                                                                                                        Total                                                                                290
     South West Scotland and North West             Inverness and Fort William. The Penicuik    Eòrpa: Arandora Star
     England. Currently, viewers in South           mast now provides much improved FM          BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005                                                              Further analysed as
     West Scotland see BBC North East               coverage to a highly populated area         Winner – Gaelic Language
                                                                                                                                                                                        Independent productions                                                               99
     services on the limited digital terrestrial    which is screened from the main FM          RADIO                                                                                   In-house productions                                                                 191
     TV coverage available. This anomaly will       transmitter by the Pentland Hills. Much     Hearts - That Penalty!                                                                  Total                                                                                290
     be corrected in 2008 at the time of            of the planning work for proposed           Sony Radio Awards 2006
     switchover and BBC Scotland services           improvements in FM coverage on the          Winner Bronze – Sports Programme
                                                                                                                                                                                        Repeat TV hours (all genres)
     will then be broadcast. The Scottish           A9 road was completed during the year.      Coinneach MacIomhair                                                                    Scotland                                                                             238
     and Grampian ITV regional areas will                                                       Celtic Film and Television Awards 2006
                                                                                                Winner – Radio Presenter/Personality                                                    Network                                                                              253
     follow during 2010/11. The digital             DAB
     power output of the existing main              After a substantial increase in DAB         Aig Cridhe Ar Ciùil                                                                     Total                                                                                491
                                                                                                Scots Trad Music Awards 2005
     transmitter sites will be increased at         digital radio coverage in Scotland          Winner – Media Award
                                                                                                                                                                                        Radio hours of output
     switchover and the numerous relay              during 2003/04 there was no                 50 Years of the Pill                                                                    Radio Scotland                                                                      6,999
     stations will also be converted to carry       enhancement in coverage north of            Medical Journalists’ Awards 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                        Radio nan Gaidheal                                                                  2,846
     digital services. The combined effect          the border during 2004/05. Further          Winner – Broadcast - Radio: Regional
                                                                                                                                                                                        Community                                                                             594
     of this will be to raise digital terrestrial   development of the DAB platform will        Northern Light
     coverage to match closely that of the          relate in part to the outcome of an         Andrew Cross Awards 2005                                                                Total                                                                             10,439
                                                                                                Winner – Radio: Special Programme:
     existing analogue network.                     international conference in 2006 on the     Documentary
                                                                                                                                                                                        Network radio deliveries
                                                    amount of spectrum available on the
                                                                                                FILM                                                                                    Radio 1                                                                               68
     HDTV                                           bands used for this service.                                                                                                        Radio 2                                                                                6
     Interest in high-definition television                                                      The Holyrood Files
                                                                                                BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005                                                              Radio 3                                                                              354
     (HDTV) increased significantly during                                                       Winner – Film Awards: Best Documentary                                                  Radio 4                                                                              113
     the year amongst programme makers,                                                                                                                                                 BBC World Service                                                                      3
     equipment manufacturers and viewers.                                                                                                                                               BBC 7                                                                                 10
     BSkyB announced their intention to                                                         Colin and Cumberland
                                                                                                Celtic Film and Television Awards 2006                                                  Total                                                                                554
     start the UKs first HDTV service and                                                        Winner – Website

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