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BBC Scotland reveals faces of new flagship news show

BBC Scotland has confirmed more information about its new flagship daily news programme, which launches on the new BBC Scotland channel next year.

The new hour-long programme, which will broadcast at 9pm on BBC Scotland TV will be  co-presented by former Northsound Radio and STV journalist Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler, who is joining the BBC from ITN.

Due on air in February 2019 when the channel will launch, the news programme will be the BBC's first integrated news programme from Scotland, offering Scottish, UK and international news in one place. The programme will be broadcast from BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ.

The BBC Scotland TV channel was given the all-clear by Ofcom last month and will be available on all digital TV platforms in Scotland, as well as across the UK via satellite and the iPlayer.

Gary Smith, Head of News & Current Affairs at BBC Scotland, says:
“The appointment of Rebecca and Martin is brilliant news. They’ll bring a commitment to bold, challenging and original journalism to the channel and our audiences. With Rebecca and Martin at the front of a talented team, the news at nine o’clock will be able to compete with the strongest TV news programmes in Scotland and anywhere across the UK.”

The news comes just ten days after the closure of STV2, which broadcast Scotland's first ever integrated news bulletin. It is not know how STV's predecessor That's TV Scotland will cover Scottish news after it launches this Autumn, however analysts aren't expecting That's TV to offer anything major beyond the statutory minimum provision, due to ongoing funding issues in the local TV industry. That's TV Scotland has yet to make any formal announcement about its output.

Meanwhile, the BBC will continue to broadcast Reporting Scotland on BBC One. BBC Two Scotland will be replaced by the main network version, meaning Reporting Scotland will no longer be able to spill over to BBC Two during major sports events, as has been possible over the years during events such as Wimbledon.