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BBC Scotland channel launch date revealed

An update to the BBC's website has revealed the proposed launch date of the new BBC Scotland channel.

Schedule pages show that the channel is preparing to launch on Sunday 24th February 2019, enabling it to benefit from a prime weekend launch slot.

With a proposed weekend launch, it follows in the footsteps of BBC Three, which also originally launched on a Sunday (09/02/2003). BBC Four launched on a Saturday  (02/03/2002).

A similar website update last week revealed launch information for BBC Two Wales HD and the until then unannounced BBC Two Northern Ireland HD - both of which have now been confirmed by the BBC.

The BBC Scotland channel will feature a core schedule of programmes between 7pm and midnight, with an hour of news at 9pm on weeknights, featuring reports from Scotland, the UK and the world.

Before 7pm, BBC Scotland TV will feature programmes previously shown on BBC Two Scotland that are moving across to the new channel.

As a result of the new channel launch, BBC Two Scotland will close. Viewers in Scotland will see the same BBC Two schedule as in England from the end of February 2019.

Due to capacity restraints, on Freeview HD, CBBC HD in Scotland will adopt new hours, meaning the channel will close at 7pm instead of 9pm. CBBC programmes continue on Freeview Scotland in standard definition only until 9pm. BBC Scotland HD will be available on Freeview Scotland from 7pm-midnight only; the standard definition channel will be available for all of BBC Scotland's broadcast hours between midday and midnight.

The full CBBC HD and BBC Scotland HD schedules will be available on other platforms within Scotland.

Beyond Scotland, BBC Scotland SD and HD will be carried on satellite and the iPlayer.

Channel numbers for the BBC Scotland channel have yet to be confirmed.