I think it should be welcomed.
Whether people agree with devolution or not, there's huge amount of devolved power that is not being adequately scrutinised up here and I'm impressed that the BBC seems to acknowledge this. To be honest, it took me a while to come to this view but only realised it fairly recently.
Whilst the BBC is to be commended for it's recent coverage of problems with the NHS in England (led the Ten every night last week), I simply don't know how that relates to the Health Service here, run by the Scottish Govt. No-one's reporting this. Prisons in England seem to be experiencing real problems with overcrowding, understaffing etc. No-one's reporting what's going on here, where my income tax (now set by the Scottish Govt) is paying for the prison service in Scotland. Are things just as bad? worse?
That's before we get on to the different legal system, policing and justice policies, school system and curriculum, further and higher education, local govt, housing, transport, environment and so on. It's not simply an issue of population. There's a lack of political coverage of these devolved and diverging policies and issues, especially with even more powers (including income tax) now being decided at Holyrood. (For the record, I think there is probably a case for devolution for parts of England, but that's another topic).
I suspect there are all sorts of practical reasons why a Scottish Six would not work. You just have to look at the recent Facebook Live of behind-the-scenes at NBH to realise how close some of the deadlines are met for network. Trying to juggle a service for Scotland in amongst it all there too would likely lead to quality issues. Newsnight Scotland was a mess, and I suspect the pilots may have shown the same thing for a Scottish Six. Anyway, STV2 will be doing one, so good for them.
Finally, on other programming - the separate channel sounds like a good idea for that too. There are currently a number of network programmes or Scottish programmes that are worthy of prime time that currently get shunted into the 22:45 slot (or later) because there's not enough space to show them.
To give a couple of examples, this week's Holby City is on tonight in Scotland at 22:45 when it's usually on a Tuesday at that time, (and shown on network at 20:00 Tuesday when we get soap River City). For some reason it was deemed important to show Imagine at 22:45 last night UK-wide. In Scotland, Sportscene SPFL football highlights frequently run over midnight on a Sunday night when there's a MOTD2 on, and everyone's long gone to bed.
There's also some really good Scottish documentaries and nature programmes currently shown on BBC Two Scotland that I often miss or don't realise they are on because I'm watching the HD network variant. It sound like all of this
existing programming (NOT new)
will be moved to the new channel and we'll get a more 'networky' version of One and Two.
The whole thing seems like a sensible compromise that won't screw up viewing habits too much.
Last edited by scottishtv on 22 February 2017 3:07pm