Revamps scheduled for BBC Radio Scotland’s news programmes
John Beattie and Laura Maxwell.
By Democrat reporter
BBC Scotland’s weekday news programmes are getting a new look as the schedule gets a refresh.
The daily flagship programme, Good Morning Scotland, which sets the news agenda of the day, will see long-standing anchor, Gary Robertson, joined by a voice already familiar to Radio Scotland listeners, Laura Maxwell.
Hayley Millar, who has presented GMS for several years, will now be joined by another voice familiar to our listeners, Mhairi Stuart, for a brand-new daily lunchtime news programme that will focus on events as they are happening both at home and abroad. ‘Lunchtime Live’ will keep the BBC Radio Scotland audience up to date by using the BBC’s extensive network of reporters and correspondents.
The current lunchtime host, John Beattie, will then be giving his very personal take on the news agenda to the drivetime audience for the first time. ‘Drivetime… with John Beattie’ will be an audience-focused, two-hour programme, that will take the big talking points of the day and break them down through comment and opinion.
“Our three daytime news programme will all have a very distinctive feel and style to them, reporting the news that matters to the Radio Scotland audience in a tone that’s warm and accessible,” said Gary Smith, BBC Scotland’s head of News.
“Each of the three pillars of our schedule – breakfast, lunch and drive – will be hosted by presenters with years of journalism experience behind them.
“These changes ensure that our station remains at the forefront of delivering agenda setting content that showcases radio journalism at its finest.”
The schedule changes are likely to begin in the next few months.