BBC names first Scotland editor

The BBC has appointed news presenter Sarah Smith as its first Scotland editor. The new role has been created to bring more in-depth analysis and context on big news stories in Scotland to UK viewers, according to the BBC. Smith previously worked in Edinburgh, Washington and London for Channel 4 News, before returning to the […]

Virgin Media integrates Smallworld

Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator Virgin Media has integrated Smallworld Fibre, the regional service provider it acquired earlier this year, and has begun offering its portfolio of TV and broadband services across the Smallworld footprint in the North-West of England and South-West of Scotland. The integration of Smallworld into the Virgin Media national network brings […]

STV Player launches on Xbox 360

STV Player, the online catch-up service for Scottish broadcaster STV, is now available as an app for Xbox 360 games consoles.  Viewers within STV’s broadcast regions of Scotland can download the app to access free 30-day catch-up of shows from STV and local station STV Glasgow. “The launch of the STV Player App on Xbox […]

STV bids for Scottish local TV licences

Scottish broadcaster STV has submitted applications to UK regulator Ofcom to offer local TV in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee.  The new applications have been submitted in partnership with universities and colleges in each of the three areas, and expand upon STV’s existing local TV commitments for Glasgow and Edinburgh. STV’s application partners are Robert Gordon […]

Ofcom makes content board appointment

UK broadcast regulator has appointed Philip Schlesinger, a professor in cultural policy at the University of Glasgow, to its content board to represent the interests of people in Scotland.  Schlesinger takes up his now role on the content board on December 1, and will hold the position for three years. He has been on Ofcom’s […]

STV Glasgow gets audience of half a million

Local UK TV network STV Glasgow said that it has reached an audience of 572,000 viewers in its first month on air. The Scottish station, which launched on June 2, said almost 30% of all viewers in its transmission area tuned in at least once during the month and the average viewer tuned in at […]

Virgin Media acquires Smallworld Fibre

Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator Virgin Media has acquired Smallworld Fibre, which operates cable and fibre networks in south-western Scotland and north-western England. The deal will mean subscribers in both regions will receive Virgin Media’s services from later this year. Smallworld’s fibre optic network currently passes 40,000 homes, delivering top broadband speeds of 100Mbps, cable […]

Scotland plans new public service broadcaster

The Scottish Government will set up a new public service broadcaster called the Scottish Broadcasting Service (SBS), should Scotland win independence in its referendum next year.  According to a White Paper published yesterday by the Scottish Government, the SBS will provide TV, radio and online services and will be established as a publicly funded broadcaster, working […]

BT Sport signs Scottish Rugby partnership

BT Sport, the new sports network line-up by UK telco and pay TV operator BT, will feature as the shirt sponsor for Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby as part of a four-year sponsorship deal with Scottish Rugby. Commenting on the deal, Marc Watson, chief executive of TV for BT Retail, said: “This is part of […]