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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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BBC Scotland goes global again with live coverage of the World Pipe Band Championships

Live streaming of the World Pipe Band Championships from BBC Scotland will be available across the world for the second year running.

Scottish expatriates, piping enthusiasts in countries where there is a strong interest in traditional music such as the United States, Canada and Australia, and newcomers to the music, enjoyed all the excitement of the event's Grade One arena last summer, during the Year of Homecoming.

Following the success of last year's web offering, BBC Scotland – which has been host broadcaster of the event since 2006 – will again provide live streamed coverage from the Grade One Arena at the event on Saturday, 14 August. The championships will attract 8,000 pipers and drummers from16 countries, and a crowd of 40,000 is expected to see them compete for the honours at Glasgow Green.

This year's programme on BBC One Scotland, which will transmit on the weekend following the event, will be presented by Jackie Bird with commentary from respected piper Bob Worrall, who has also been an adjudicator at 'The Worlds'.

BBC Scotland's live web coverage can be accessed on, which will also host video clips on demand, available worldwide, after the event. The on-demand service will feature excerpts of performance from all the bands vying for the medals in the Grade One competition.

Eileen Herlihy, Head of Entertainment and Events, BBC Scotland, said: "Our coverage of the event went global for the first time during a special year for Scottish culture and heritage, the Year of Homecoming. The feedback we have had from audiences who enjoyed our online offering has been terrific and we are delighted that we are again enhancing our coverage with live web streaming for viewers in and beyond the UK."

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, organisers of the championships, said: "There was such a great response to the live streaming from all around the world last year and we are delighted it's available again this year. It's a boost for traditional music, allowing a worldwide audience to watch the drama unfold on Glasgow Green."


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