BBC Scotland reform

BBC Scotland is to launch a ground-breaking miniregional tier of news services in early 2007.

The corporation plans to divide Scotland into six regions covered by a network of 36 video journalists.

Their
role will be to provide local television reports available over
broadband and digital TV in addition to contributing to the nightly
flagship news programme Reporting Scotland.

Regional text news services will begin next year and the first mini-regional TV service will launch in 2007.

The
regions covered will be the North East, Highlands and Islands, Tayside
and Central, Glasgow and the West, Edinburgh and the East, and southern
Scotland.

The news emerged in a report by the Broadcasting
Council for Scotland that said the BBC had to do more to make politics
engaging to a mainstream audience.

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