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BBC One Scotland is a television channel operated by BBC Scotland. It is the Scottish variation of the UK-wide BBC One.[1]

BBC One Scotland
BBC One Scotland.svg
Launched14 March 1952
NetworkBBC One
Owned byBBC Scotland
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Formerly calledBBC TV Service Scotland (14 March 1952 – 19 April 1964)
BBC 1 Scotland (20 April 1964 - 5 September 1981 and 18 February 1985 – 15 February 1991)
BBC Scotland (6 September 1981 – 17 February 1985)
BBC Scotland On 1 (16 February 1991 – 4 October 1997)
Sister channel(s)BBC Two Scotland
BBC Alba
FreeviewChannel 1
Channel 101 (HD)
SkyChannel 101 (SD/HD)
Channel 801 (SD)
Channel 951 (SD/HD, rest of UK)
Channel 977 (SD, rest of UK)
FreesatChannel 101 (SD/HD)
Channel 110 (SD)
Channel 960 (SD, rest of UK)
Channel 973 (HD, rest of UK)
Virgin MediaChannel 101 (HD)
Channel 862 (SD, rest of UK)
Streaming media
FilmOnWatch live

For almost all of the time the channel is referred to on screen as BBC One Scotland, sometimes using overlays to replace the normal channel identifier. The station also has its own team of continuity announcers, provided by BBC Scotland, to accommodate for the variations seen in Scotland from the rest of the BBC One network, whilst also providing the channel with an added Scottish identity. The announcers, based in Glasgow, also double up as transmission directors.

BBC One Scotland updated its visual presentation style as part of the network BBC One revamp on 7 October 2006. The presentation style fits in with the national BBC One 'Circle' idents, but with the "Scotland" caption added to the network logo.

A HD (high-definition) simulcast of BBC One Scotland launched on 14 January 2013 on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.[2][3] On 10 December 2013, BBC One Scotland HD was swapped with the SD channel on Sky's EPG for HD subscribers.[4]



BBC One Scotland is responsible for covering certain special events such as the annual Hogmanay Live programme which sees in the New Year, and major Scottish sporting events such as football internationals, the Scottish Cup, Scotland's Six Nations rugby union campaigns, and the performance of Scottish competitors at the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.

Whilst generally following the schedules of the UK-wide BBC One, BBC One Scotland offers programming specific to Scotland, such as soap opera River City and football programme Sportscene. As a result of this, regular BBC One shows, such as Holby City, are scheduled at different regular times in Scotland, compared with the rest of the UK.

News, Sport and Weather specifically for Scotland are examples of the channel's distinct output.[5]

Recent examples of BBC One Scotland programmes include:


BBC One Scotland can be seen on all television platforms in Scotland, on channel 1, or 101, depending on the system, and in other areas of the UK via satellite, cable and on some other digital television platforms. Programmes shown exclusively on BBC One Scotland can also be watched again across the UK for 30 days after transmission on the BBC iPlayer service except Reporting Scotland


  1. ^ BBC Scotland Television
  2. ^ "BBC One Scotland to go HD on the 14th". a516digital. 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Launching BBC One Scotland HD and BBC One Wales HD". BBC. 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ Pryde, Alix (2013-12-09). "CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD & BBC News HD launch Tuesday 10 December 2013". BBC. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  5. ^ BBC statements of programme policy

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