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have been let down by Governments in London.
The BBC has announced plans to launch a new dedicated TV
?30 million a year will be invested in the project with the service
It will include a news hour at 9 o'clock, after the BBC rejected
the idea of a so-called Scottish Six.
The element of surprise is an important ingredient
for any storyteller and, it seems, the Director
Tony Hall arrived in Glasgow promising to do more to reflect life
For Scotland, he revealed, that means a new dedicated TV channel.
The right way to give viewers in Scotland choice is to mirror
In the morning, I listen to the Today programme
or Good Morning Scotland and I believe that is what we are
I'm excited by that because I think this is an immensely,
If it introduces more work for the people of Scotland that's
It will be Mrs McDougal's missing cat or somebody stole my bike!
News coverage, a constant source of tension, is central to the change
and it sees the return of a traditional time slot.
But with a twist, a Scottish Nine, covering stories around the globe
For some people, it is a missed opportunity.
If you tune in at 6:00pm to a typical news programme
they will often lead on an English health story
Another thorny issue for those in charge is the licence fee -
compared to other devolved nations a smaller percentage
of the money raised in Scotland is spent in Scotland.
Which brings us back to Shetland, commissioned here for a BBC network
audience, an extra ?20 million a year is being invested to do more
So, could Scotland for example recreate a Welsh success story?
What we do want to do is attract some of our Scottish talent back -
the likes of Steven Moffat, the great Scottish
writer, maybe he'll do something for us in the future.
The Scottish Government welcomed the announcement today
but questioned the budget for the proposed new channel.
We estimated it would cost ?75 million to deliver,
so the ?30 million announced, however welcome, may fall short
So we welcome a new Scottish TV channel but it must not be
MSPs will be able to quiz Tony Hall tomorrow when he faces
The aim is to have the new channel up and running in 18 months' time.
Broadcasting and the Scottish Six have been a source of much
So does today's announcement address any of the concerns?
Earlier our political editor Brian Taylor gave us his analysis.
The response from the body politic has been notably warm. It can be
remarkably disarmed to say yes. Remember that the idea of a
distinctive Scottish channel was piloted by a commission set up by
these first SNP Government. That was demanded as recently as 2015 by the
First Minister. The BBC is searing yes, eventually. That is getting
good response at Holyrood. There are important caveats. For example, the
issue of money. Across the parties, the response is positive. The formal
statements by the Scottish Government and the SNP made no
mention of the Scottish Six. They were talking in work on terms. It
seems today they were smiling Lome on the BBC today. No doubt normal
service will be resumed soon. Weather warnings have
been upgraded ahead of the arrival of Storm Doris,
with large areas of Scotland due to be affected by snow
overnight and into tomorrow Travel disruption is expected
and Borders Council has already cancelled all school transport
for tomorrow morning, Morag Kinniburgh has been to see
the preparations being made They are tracking the weather
patterns here at the traffic Scotland weather Centre. Storm Doris
is due to arrive at 2am tomorrow. With me is Dean Connolly. How bad
will this be? We have the picture on here from the Met office that
integrates the weather. Most of the country is covered in it yellow,
wind and snow. Amber is covering southern Scotland. That is personal.
You expect severe weather and challenging conditions tomorrow. --
that is slow. How destructive will this be? Within the control centre,
we will have the multi-agency response team. We will try to ensure
that ever anything does happen it will be cleared up as quickly as
possible. What is your advice for the public. Our advice is the same.
Check out at the Traffic Scotland website. Give the extra space to the
current front of you. It can take ten times longer to stop in a car
than it does when it isn't snowing. Time to make another plan if you are
affected. You can keep up-to-date on the BBC Scotland website.
More councils have been setting their council tax
Aberdeen became the fifth council to voluntarily decide not to put
up the basic rate, even though this means they're
adding to the pressure on their finances.
In all but three council areas, the council tax should
People who live in the higher property bands face
automatic increases regardless of what
An independent watchdog has said Police Scotland has made
substantial improvements in its use of stop and search.
The Inspector of Constabulary says the controversial use
of so-called consensual searches has almost ceased.
There's been a 67% reduction in the practice,
with almost all carried out on a statutory or legal basis.
Almost half of Scottish charities saw reduced turnover last year.
A report from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations also
reveals that charities are expecting demand for their
Our social affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson reports.
A face-lift for a daycare centre for dementia sufferers
The charity said it could not afford contractors to do the work outside.
So it called in volunteers, all former offenders.
The dementia sufferers benefit and the volunteers
A lot of people after they come out the other side of the criminal
justice system, they find it hard to find employment or
That is where we come in, we can offer that to them.
This scheme, operated by Apex, said by offering former offenders
work it takes the risk out of potential employers
Apex has learned it has lost its funding
It is a familiar story for charities, who a report says
Almost half of Scottish charities saw income falling last year.
Those who did record increases were mainly large organisations
with turnover of more than half a million.
72% of charities forecast increased demand for their services this year.
Nearly 75% said they could not adequately plan because
funding was invariably made on a short-term basis,
Apex said that this hand to mouth existence is ultimately wasteful. So
much time is spent looking out for funding and looking through the
reporting mechanisms in order to make these contracts happen. It's a
real problem because we would like to be spending time on working out
how to do the contracts better. The Scottish Council
for Voluntary Organisations, which produced the report,
is lobbying ministers to change the way charities receive funding.
The Scottish Government said it It's short-sighted, costing
a model that makes it easier for charities especially
smaller ones to become sustainable costing local and national
government lots of time and effort. We really need to rethink this
and go on to a three year cycle of funding a model that makes it
easier for charities especially The Scottish government said it
would like to develop a three year funding cycle to develop a strong
and dynamic third sector. Football - and Scottish Cup holders
Hibs are through to the quarter finals after a 3-1 win over city
rivals Hearts at Easter Road. The goals came from Jason Cummings,
Grant Holt and Andrew Shinnie. Tavares Cruz da Silva scored
a consolation for the visitors. Hibs now face Ayr United at home
in the quarter finals. It's over to Christopher now
with the weather forecast The amber warning first or has been
extended. Good evening. A winter storm is on the way. There is a bee
prepared one incredible risk of snow. It has just been extended in
the last hour including the central black. -- Central Belt and further
north. Low pressure has been named Storm Doris and it beats the cold
error which means that it will fall as snow. The amber ever is going
just shy of power. Some significant disruption as result of the snow.
Breezy on the east coast. Snow on the charger that is likely to have
severe disruption. This will affect high points of roads, and 77, and
eight, and 90 and a nine. Just a centimetre or two of snow if that.
You do not have to go too far out of the city to see a significant amount
of snow, however. Probably rain in Aberdeen. Dry for the Northern Isles
with some straw -- rain for the rest of the north. Perhaps some rain
later on in the day for the Borders. Winter is also an issue tomorrow.
That is further south. Amber warning across parts of Wales and East
Anglia. Some disruption likely from that as well. Pretty snowy tomorrow.
Windy for some. The bar sized, quieter and mother. For us, a winter
Thursday. The system. We and venture we rain comes eastwards. This time
tomorrow night and it would be mixed. Behind it is a mix of drive
pressure. Dreyer, camera, Brighton. Another spell of bread. Let's be
capped tomorrow morning. The amber every out we are unlikely to see the
greatest amount of stuff. Likely disruption on the committee
tomorrow. Our next update is during Breakfast
from 6:25am tomorrow. From everyone on the late
team here in Glasgow