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This is a resource for Scottish radio and television history. It is a work-in-progress and details about its completion will appear here nearer the time.

Pre-history

James Bowman Lindsay

Stations

Early BBC local radio stations

2BP (Glasgow) | 5MG | 5SC Glasgow | 2BD Aberdeen | 2EH Edinburgh | 2DE Dundee

BBC 'Regional'/national radio stations

Scottish Regional Programme | Scottish Home Service | BBC Radio 4 Scotland | BBC Radio Scotland

Commericial

Television

BBC1 Scotland | BBC2 Scotland | Scottish Television | Grampian Television | Border Television | Sky Scottish | BBC Choice Scotland | Lanarkshire Television | S2 | BBC Alba | STV Glasgow | STV Edinburgh

Propaganda

Radio Programmes

1930s

Second World War

News & Current Affairs

Sport

Variety

Commercial radio

TV programmes

News & Current Affairs

A Quick Look Round (1964–68) | Reporting Scotland (1968–) | Newsline (1998–2001) | Newsnight Scotland (2009–2014)

  • STV

Scotland Tonight (2011–present)

Sport

Sportsreel | Sportscene

Comedy

Scotch and Wry | Only an Excuse? | Offside | Velvet Soup | Revolver | Sanj and Donny's Shredded Week | Taxi for Cowan

Music

Children's

Chat shows

Quizes

BBC Scottish Orchestras

BBC buildings

Glasgow

Edinburgh

Aberdeen

Dundee

Transmitters

People

Scots at Head Office

Controllers

David Millar Craig (1924–26) | David Cleghorn Thomson (1926–33) | Melville Dinwiddie (1933–57) | Andrew Stewart (1957–1968) | Alasdair Milne (1968–1973) | Robert Coulter (1973–1975) | Alastair Hetherington (1976–1979) | Pat Ramsay (1979–1983) | Pat Chalmers (1983–1992) | John McCormick (1992–2004) | Ken MacQuarrie (2004–present)

Administration

Programme Directors

Moray McLaren (1933–1935) | Andrew Stewart (1935–1948) | Gordon Gildard (1948–??) | James Millar (196?–1969) | Robert Coulter (1969–1972) | David Pat Walker (1973–) | Ken MacQuarrie (2000–2004) | Donalda MacKinnon / Maggie Cunningham (2004–2008) | Donalda MacKinnon (2008–present)

Editors/Heads of News and Current Affairs

Archie P Lee (1942–1944?) | Charles Anderson (1944–1948) | James Kemp (1948–1972) | Hugh Cochrane (1972–1974) | Ross Anderson (1974–1977) | Stan Taylor (1979–1983) | Ken Cargill (1994–2000) | Blair Jenkins (2000–2006) | Atholl Duncan (2007–2011) | John Boothman (2011–2015) | Gary Smith (2016–present)

  • The posts of Editor and Deputy Editor, News Scotland were discontinued in 1977 and re-instated from 1979 onwards.

Heads of Radio

Aberdeen

Donald Munro

Pre-war starts

Station directors

Others

Talks

Sport

Other news figures

Children's Hour

Outside broadcasts

Announcers

Early 1930s

Mid-to-late 1930s

  • Robert Russell, tried out from around 1933
  • Aidan Thomson, Edinburgh
  • David Collins, Edinburgh
  • D. Moodie - part-time announcer at Glasgow, was tried temporarily as full-time at Edinburgh.

BBC Scotland in the 1930s had two announcers in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow and two Aberdeen programme people who took turns at announcing.[1]

WW2

Post-war

Variety

Later

BBC Scotland TV

STV

Commercial radio

Journalism

Themes

Gaelic

Statistics and lists

Governance

Reports

Government

Independent

Critics/quotes

Miscellaneous

Books on Scottish broadcasting

Getting started

  • Scotland on the Air, 121.