I'm afraid I agree with Nic. It seems highly over-resourced and over-manned. Why does it need its own staff when there's already Scottish correspondents, not to mention a team already in place to make Reporting Scotland!
Is it now going to be the case that when there is a big story - let's say Alex Salmond is in court defending his charges for example, there'll be three teams going there for television - Nationals, BBC Scotland channel and then Reporting Scotland - all with separate crews etc.?
Presumably one for BBC Alba as well.
If other areas of the BBC weren't being cut this would be a worthy project, but it's just being done for the wrong reasons and most importantly not in response to the licence fee payer, but instead in response to politicians. There is no reason to think there is any more demand for the Nine than there was for STV News Tonight, Scotland 2014/15 or Newsnight Scotland, all of which ultimately failed.
From a presentation point of view though what I really like is they've escaped the generic branding, and like with Wales Live it's interesting to see what the nations can come up with left to their own devices.
As things stand though I think we're getting the better deal here in BBC Wales where they seem to be investing in perhaps fewer, but bigger, series, and sticking them in the heart of primetime. OK, some of it is utter **** like Pitching In, which debuts last night and was relentlessly mocked for seemingly thinking Anglesey is in Cardiff Bay, but more often than not the content hits the mark and they seem to have more local scripted content than both BBC Scotland and BBC NI. I'm guessing River City has a loyal Scottish audience but it probably ties up a significant chunk of the quota for local drama in Scotland.
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