Proposals for a Scottish Six were again rejected in 2017 in favour of a 'Scottish Nine' on a proposed new BBC Scotland channel. The reasons were given in an official media release:
The BBC looked at the option of a Scottish Six, but we believe that there is no significant Scotland vs. UK gap in appreciation for the Six o’clock News or 6.30pm news programme. The Six has performed strongly in Scotland in recent years and moved ahead of STV News at Six. Our proposals will offer choice and quality: the new programme will not compete for resources with either The Six or Reporting Scotland, and the new investment will make it possible to deliver a step change in the quality of Reporting Scotland on BBC One Scotland and make other news and sport services better as a result of the availability of additional content. Bilingual reporter / production talent will extend the benefits to Gaelic news.
- 'Biggest BBC investment in Scotland in twenty years', BBC Media Centre, 22 February 2017.