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Statements of Programme Policy

BBC One Programme Policy 2008/2009

BBC One television

Service remit

The remit of BBC One Scotland is to complement the networked BBC One schedule by providing mixed-genre programmes appealing to mainstream Scottish audiences which displace or replace content otherwise available on BBC One.

The service should provide Scottish viewers with programmes that reflect and support Scottish culture, identity and heritage, and it should be the BBC's primary outlet for television coverage of major Scottish events.

Key developments

BBC One Scotland provides a broad range of distinctive television content that reflects the diverse nature of Scotland and Scottish culture and heritage for audiences in Scotland. Key developments for BBC One Scotland this year are as follows.

1 Sustaining citizenship and civil society

  • Deliver a number of landmark debates on topics of social/economic importance that will impact upon and be of significant interest to audiences in Scotland (with complementary programming and content on Radio Scotland and online). A 60-minute television documentary will focus on the future of Scotland's oil, with opportunities for the public to contribute to a national debate on radio and with complementary television and online news coverage.
  • Deepen and increase our on-air coverage of local news and events, on television and online, as well as in areas such as business news, with staffing and resourcing refocused and dedicated to identifying and covering stories from local communities across Scotland.
  • Complement television news reporting of the Scottish Parliament and devolved responsibilities with extended radio programming and live webstreams from each of the main political party conferences in Scotland. Additional news staff will be employed, to be based at the Scottish Parliament, to provide extended and enhanced coverage (and raise public awareness and understanding) of political issues, legislation and of how Scotland is governed.

2 Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • Priority: The hugely ambitious Scotland's History project will result in a series of television programmes, through 2008 and 2009, to be shown on BBC One Scotland and across the UK on the network. The programmes will be complemented by a number of radio series, by concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in various iconic locations across Scotland, by audio walks, by online websites and learning content, by Gaelic materials, and by events and outreach activities.
  • Funded in conjunction with Scottish Screen, a series of three one-hour drama singles, featuring the best of contemporary writing, will be broadcast on BBC One Scotland.

3 Promoting education and learning

  • Factual programming will find long-running popular strands (such as The Beechgrove Garden) and documentary series complemented with specialist interest factual, covering topical issues of particular interest to Scottish audiences, with programmes such as Girls Behind Bars and, also broadcast on network, Wilderness: St Kilda and Air Medics, on the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

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Conditions: BBC purposes and BBC One Scotland commitments

Unless otherwise stated, all commitments are minimum hours and include originations, repeats and acquisitions.
All conditions are annual unless otherwise stated.

Sustaining citizenship and civil society

  • 250 hours of television news and current affairs

Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence

  • 140 hours of other (non-news) programming

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Statutory commitments

In addition to the conditions and commitments outlined in this annex, BBC One Scotland will contribute as appropriate to the fulfilment of a number of statutory commitments for the networked BBC One service as described in the master Statement of Programme Policy for BBC One.

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