Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given “provisional” approval to BBC’s plans for a new TV channel for Scotland.
Ofcom said that decision would now be subject to a consultation, which will last until 18 May.
The regulator will publish its final decision on whether the BBC can go ahead with the new channel in July.
The BBC announced February 2017 that it wanted to create the new channel, which was expected to begin broadcasting in the autumn of 2018.
- A programme budget just over £32m per full year
- A news programme (shown at 21:00 on weekdays) covering “international, UK and Scottish stories, told from a Scottish perspective”, with shorter bulletins at weekends
- New programmes that reflect Scottish life, including the opportunity to premiere some new comedy and drama
It is proposed that the new channel will take the place currently occupied by BBC Four on electronic programme guides (EPG) in Scotland. BBC Four would move down the EPG.