Change to BBC Radio Scotland regional news bulletins

BBC Radio Scotland’s popular regional news bulletins are to move to more uniform times and durations from Monday September 30th.

Presently varying in both duration and on-air time, the bulletins will now become six six-minute slots on the half-hour – starting at 6.30am and then 7.30am and 8.30am during mornings; 12.30pm for the lunchtime slot and 4.30pm and 5.30pm for drivetime.

The move is aimed at providing as many listeners as possible with the opportunity to hear a comprehensive news bulletin in their areas irrespective of when they can tune in.

“We know our audiences really appreciate getting the news, sport and weather from their own area from the BBC throughout the day so we hope by changing to this more regular pattern we’ll allow even more of them to do just that no matter what their daily routines are or when they’re able to tune in,” said newsreader Andrew Thomson.

Broadcasting six six-minute bulletins will replace the present pattern of bulletins which varies in duration from one to 10 minutes and will see a slightly increased daily output overall.