Sportscene is the name of a range of Scottish sports television programmes produced by BBC Scotland.

Presented byJonathan Sutherland (Saturday highlights, Friday Championship Live)
Steven Thompson (Sunday highlights)
Rob MacLean (Sportscene Live)
Country of originScotland
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsBBC Pacific Quay
Glasgow, Scotland
Running timeVaries
Production companiesBBC Sport Scotland
(BBC Sport)
Original networkBBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
BBC Scotland
Picture format16:9 (576i)
16:9 (1080i)
Original release9 August 1975 (1975-08-09) –


Sportscene's predecessors were Sports Special from Scotland and Sportsreel,[1] which was broadcast every Saturday at around 5pm (results and reports) and 10pm (highlights) in the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1970s, a Sportscene format of a 5pm programme called Scoreboard presented by Gordon Hewitt (as a regional opt-out from Grandstand), plus a 10pm show with highlights from one English and one Scottish league or cup match, was established. Sportscene also covered European and international matches, which usually involved highlights but occasionally live coverage. The show was presented by Archie Macpherson with commentary by Macpherson, Alastair Alexander or Peter Thomson.


A previous Sportscene set (2008) at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ.
Previous Sportscene titles (1990s) [by Liquid Image]

There are a number of shows that come under the Sportscene brand.

Previous showsEdit

  • Sportscene Rugby Special was the title of BBC Scotland's domestic rugby union programming when it held the rights to the Scottish leagues with the live matches & highlights broadcasting on BBC Two Scotland on Sunday teatimes starting on 30 October 1994 until the end of the 1996–97 season[2] also on Sunday lunchtimes for the 1997–98 season[3] for the 1998–99 season it was broadcast on Monday teatimes[4] and for the 1999–2000 season on Sunday nights moving to BBC One Scotland[5] before the 2000–01 season on Saturday nights after Sportscene: Match of the Day[6] although this didn't last long as BBC Scotland lost the broadcasting rights of the Scottish rugby at the end of 2000 to rival Scottish Television which launched Scotsport Rugby Round-Up on 14 January 2001, The last Sportscene Rugby Special programme was on 4 November 2000 (highlights)[7] and 18 November 2000 (live)[8]
  • Friday Sportscene was the name of the football preview programme that went out on BBC One Scotland on Friday nights from 11 August 1989[9] – 25 May 2001[10] The programme's format was later moved to Saturday lunchtimes in place of Football Focus from 28 July 2001 but has been absent from the schedules since BBC Scotland lost the live rights to the Scottish Premier League in 2004.
  • Grandstand from Scotland / Sunday Grandstand from Scotland (sometimes branded Scottish Grandstand or Grandstand Scotland) was the name of BBC Scotland's sports programme broadcast as an occasional opt-out from the network version of Grandstand on BBC One Scotland from 1961 - 2006 and BBC Two Scotland from 1989 - 2006. it was initially broadcast as an opt-out from the FA Cup Final throughout the 1960s and 1970s but in subsequent years from 1981 the programme was occasionally broadcast to incorporate local and network sporting events if there was live or highlights coverage of Scottish football, rugby, golf, snooker etc. Presenters have included Peter Thomson, Sandy McLeish, Murdoch McPherson, Brian Marjoribanks, Gordon Hewitt, Dougie Donnelly, Bill McFarlan, Hazel Irvine, Rob Maclean, Jill Douglas, Alison Walker and Dougie Vipond.

Presenters, commentators and reportersEdit

Sportscene's main anchors are David Currie and Jonathan Sutherland. Previous Sportscene presenters include Peter Thomson, Sandy McLeish, Bill Malcolm, Archie Henry, Murdoch McPherson, Brian Marjoribanks, Alastair Alexander, Charles Munro, Archie Macpherson, Gordon Hewitt, Andrew Alexander, Dougie Donnelly, Bill McFarlan, Jim Craig, Derek Johnstone, Laura McGhie, Hazel Irvine, Jock Brown, Mark Souster, Alison Walker, Mike Abbott, Richard Gordon, Jill Douglas, Amy Irons, John Beattie, Dougie Vipond, and Stuart Cosgrove.

The programme's main commentary and reporting team consists of; lead commentator Liam McLeod, Paul Mitchell, John Barnes, Kheredine Idessane, Al Lamont, Jane Lewis and Chris McLaughlin.

Previous lead commentators have been Archie MacPherson (1969–1990), Jock Brown (1990–1997), Rob MacLean (1997–2004) and Paul Mitchell (2004–2010).

Reporters on Sportscene Results have included Jonathan Sutherland, Chris McLaughlin, Brian McLauchlin, Tam McManus, Kenny Crawford, Scott Davie, Martin Dowden, Jim Spence, Charlie Mann and Sandra Brown.


Former Sportscene's opening credits (2011)

Sportscene has begun simulcasting certain live matches via both the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport Mobile app. The UEFA Cup tie between Molde and Rangers was one of the first to feature online. Most programmes now feature on the BBC iPlayer service, depending on rights restrictions.

In popular cultureEdit

The programme is regularly parodied in the Scottish football impressionist show Only an Excuse?. Munchtime Sportscene is a name often used by the programme's makers, presumably a play on the currently rested Lunchtime Sportscene programme.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Q & A". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ The Guardian - 30 October 1994 - Page 99, via
  3. ^ The Guardian - 23 November 1997, Page 184, via
  4. ^ The Guardian - 19 October 1998, Page 51, via
  5. ^ The Observer - 21 November 1999, Page 131, via
  6. ^ The Observer - 8 October 2000, Page 182 via
  7. ^ The Guardian - 4 November 2000, Page 441, via
  8. ^ The Guardian - 18 November 2000, Page 405, via
  9. ^ {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ The Guardian - 19 May 2001 - Page 282, via

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