Scotland 2016 was a news and current affairs programme from BBC Scotland News, presented by Sarah Smith and Jonathan Sutherland. Starting 28 May 2014, it was called Scotland 2014 before being renamed to reflect the year. It replaced Newsnight Scotland as BBC Scotland's flagship political programme. The half-hour programme aired from 10.30pm Monday to Thursday, opposite STV's Scotland Tonight, with Newsnight being broadcast in Scotland at 11pm.

Scotland 2016
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Presented bySarah Smith
Jonathan Sutherland (Thursday evenings), Shelley Jofre
Producer(s)BBC Scotland News
Production location(s)BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC Two Scotland
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original release28 May 2014 –
14 December 2016
Preceded byNewsnight Scotland (1999-2014)
Related showsNewsnight
Reporting Scotland
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Scotland 2014 was announced in February 2014, part of a major shake-up in BBC Scotland News and current affairs programme in the run up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.[1][2] It was initially scheduled to run until October of that year.[1] The BBC stated the series "will demonstrate how Scotland impacts on national and global events and how national and global events impact on Scotland."[3] Presenter Sarah Smith relocated to Scotland from London.[4]

In mid-2016 it was thought that the average audience was around 35,000.[5]

On 21 June 2016 the BBC announced that the show was being discontinued.[6] After its summer break the series returned on 22 August 2016 albeit only being broadcast three nights a week.

In January 2017, the BBC announced its replacement called "Timeline" broadcasting once a week.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Miller, Phil (6 February 2014). "Newsnight Scotland to be axed ahead of referendum". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ Cramb, Auslan (6 February 2014). "Scottish independence: journalist Sarah Smith hits back at accusations of BBC referendum bias".
  3. ^ Morkis, Stefan (6 February 2014). "Newsnight Scotland axed for new show led by Sarah Smith". The Courier. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Sarah Smith on fronting the BBC's Scotland 2014 show". The Scotsman. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  5. ^ Miller, Phil (22 June 2016). "BBC Scotland cancels Scotland 2016 after losing late-night news show battle". The Herald. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  6. ^ Carrell, Severin (21 June 2016). "BBC to scrap flagship current affairs show Scotland 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ "BBC Scotland's new show brings politics to prime time".

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