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BBC Scotland unveils flagship news show "The Nine "

The BBC has unveiled a sneak preview of "The Nine", BBC Scotland's new flagship news show, launching in February 2019.

The Nine will bring national and international news to audiences across Scotland, based at a permanent open-plan studio space (pictured) on the third floor at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay, Glasgow headquarters.

The hour-long programme will be anchored by Rebecca Curran,  Martin Geissler, Laura Miller and John Beattie. Rebecca and Martin will co-present Monday-Thursday while Laura and John will present the news hour each Friday on the new BBC Scotland television channel.

Weekend coverage comprises a 15-minute bulletin on Saturday evenings at 7pm followed by a 45-minute review programme presented by Fiona Stalker and Nick Sheridan. On Sundays, the 15-minute 7.00pm bulletin will be presented by Lucy Whyte. The programme will have a distinct social media presence and audiences will be able to access the best of The Nine on digital platforms.

Hayley Valentine, Editor of The Nine, explained: 
“The Nine aims to be a world class programme combining international, UK and Scottish news with the needs of a Scottish audience at the heart of everything we do. We hope to bring the audience the best of the BBC both from Scotland and around the globe, plus some exciting new on screen talent. We want to bring audiences stories they won’t find anywhere else. We are looking at fresh, creative and engaging ways of telling stories that matter to Scottish audiences.”

The BBC Scotland TV channel launch date, revealed by a516digital last month, has been confirmed as Sunday 24th February 2019. The channel will be available across Scotland on all digital TV platforms. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the channel will be available via the iPlayer and digital satellite.

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