It looks like it may have been going on for a few weeks now, but I've just spotted that on Wednesdays, BBC One Scotland have been shuffling their schedule round a bit. Father Brown gets pushed forward to 1345, followed by Politics Scotland with the FM's briefing at 1430, and Doctors after that at 1515.
So, er, doesn't this slightly negate the point of having their own channel?
Whilst there have been highlights for the channel there have undoubtedly been some stinkers. Ratings overall have been very poor.
I'm not sure they can be improved by airing, for example, numerous food formats (Great Food Guys, The Scran Van, Corner Shop Cook-Off, Nico's Menu Mission, Flour Power...) all in close succession. The audience must get tired of seeing the same type of show.
Inside The Zoo has been commissioned for broadcast later this year but will this be when other nature programmes already on the channel are not, and isn't it just a blatant attempt to replicate Inside Central Station's success?
Maybe I'm being unfair but there seems to be a lack of imagination with the channel and when something is vaguely popular the tactic seems to be to bring in another show similar to it. Quelle surprise when Home of the Year ends, up pops Great Escapes with Colin and Justin! Incidentally, not an original commission or new either (from 2018).
More variety would be welcome. BBC Scotland's budget isn't huge but BBC Alba have arts and crafts series that are distinct to the rest of its output.
Any new channel faces a tough task to attract viewers out of their set ways but not enough of what BBC Scotland produces manages it. "Successful" programmes which have been recommissioned have sunk further the second time around proving their novelty factor has worn off. New formats are needed.
It will be interesting to see what the response is.