Scottish News Summary

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A weekly Scottish News Summary began on both the Home Service and Forces Programme from 17 April 1942 (increasing to twice-weekly from 13 July). The bulletins were part of a half-hour news period between 6 and 6.30 pm, following the network News and Announcements. The timing of the individual components was variable depending on the material available to the network news. This meant the Scottish summary could vary in duration anywhere between 3 and 11 minutes.

Proving that sexual equality in the BBC had its limits, the Scottish Director Melville Dinwiddie decided the bulletin would normally read by the senior Scottish announcer, Tom Dawson, and ‘whenever possible, by a male voice’. Following Dawson's death in 1943, duties were taken over by Douglas Lamond, an actor who appeared in various broadcast drama productions over the years.[1]

The news summary was edited by Archie P Lee in Glasgow, with material collected from the Scottish Ministry of Information and Public Relations Office, local correspondents and agency representatives. The censorship of the summary was carried out locally through the Scottish Censorship Adviser, and the Regional Information Officer was referred to when necessary.


  1. Reference to Douglas Lamond in 'Scotland on the Air: by The Major', Bon-Accord, 28 September 1944.