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BBC Scotland TV launch postponed to 2019

The launch of the BBC's new TV channel for Scotland has been put back to February next year.

Originally, the BBC had planned to get the new channel live later this year. But the BBC's Donalda MacKinnon said "coming on air early in the new year was the best option for us, audiences and our suppliers".

An Ofcom consultation on the channel ends this week, and the regulator has already given its provisional approval for the new service, which will feature an hour long news bulletin on weeknights featuring news from Scotland, the UK and the world.

BBC Scotland will broadcast in SD and in HD, although its HD hours on Freeview are currently due to be reduced to 19:00-00:00, resulting in CBBC HD coming off air two hours early on Freeview HD north of the border. Other platforms are unaffected.

BBC Scotland will take the place of BBC Four on channel lists in Scotland, with BBC Four being shunted down to the next available vacant slot on each digital TV platform.

Today's announcement means that BBC Two Scotland, which will be closed and replaced by the main network version of BBC Two, will remain on air for a little while longer. BBC Two Scotland opt-outs will move to BBC Scotland TV on launch.