22/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


22/02/2017

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have been let down by Governments in London.

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The BBC has announced plans to launch a new dedicated TV

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?30 million a year will be invested in the project with the service

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It will include a news hour at 9 o'clock, after the BBC rejected

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the idea of a so-called Scottish Six.

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The element of surprise is an important ingredient

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for any storyteller and, it seems, the Director

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Tony Hall arrived in Glasgow promising to do more to reflect life

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For Scotland, he revealed, that means a new dedicated TV channel.

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The right way to give viewers in Scotland choice is to mirror

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In the morning, I listen to the Today programme

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or Good Morning Scotland and I believe that is what we are

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I'm excited by that because I think this is an immensely,

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If it introduces more work for the people of Scotland that's

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It will be Mrs McDougal's missing cat or somebody stole my bike!

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News coverage, a constant source of tension, is central to the change

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and it sees the return of a traditional time slot.

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But with a twist, a Scottish Nine, covering stories around the globe

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For some people, it is a missed opportunity.

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If you tune in at 6:00pm to a typical news programme

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they will often lead on an English health story

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Another thorny issue for those in charge is the licence fee -

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compared to other devolved nations a smaller percentage

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of the money raised in Scotland is spent in Scotland.

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Which brings us back to Shetland, commissioned here for a BBC network

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audience, an extra ?20 million a year is being invested to do more

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So, could Scotland for example recreate a Welsh success story?

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What we do want to do is attract some of our Scottish talent back -

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the likes of Steven Moffat, the great Scottish

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writer, maybe he'll do something for us in the future.

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The Scottish Government welcomed the announcement today

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but questioned the budget for the proposed new channel.

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We estimated it would cost ?75 million to deliver,

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so the ?30 million announced, however welcome, may fall short

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So we welcome a new Scottish TV channel but it must not be

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MSPs will be able to quiz Tony Hall tomorrow when he faces

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The aim is to have the new channel up and running in 18 months' time.

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Broadcasting and the Scottish Six have been a source of much

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So does today's announcement address any of the concerns?

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Earlier our political editor Brian Taylor gave us his analysis.

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The response from the body politic has been notably warm. It can be

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remarkably disarmed to say yes. Remember that the idea of a

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distinctive Scottish channel was piloted by a commission set up by

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these first SNP Government. That was demanded as recently as 2015 by the

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First Minister. The BBC is searing yes, eventually. That is getting

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good response at Holyrood. There are important caveats. For example, the

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issue of money. Across the parties, the response is positive. The formal

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statements by the Scottish Government and the SNP made no

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mention of the Scottish Six. They were talking in work on terms. It

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seems today they were smiling Lome on the BBC today. No doubt normal

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service will be resumed soon. Weather warnings have

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been upgraded ahead of the arrival of Storm Doris,

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with large areas of Scotland due to be affected by snow

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overnight and into tomorrow Travel disruption is expected

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and Borders Council has already cancelled all school transport

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for tomorrow morning, Morag Kinniburgh has been to see

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the preparations being made They are tracking the weather

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patterns here at the traffic Scotland weather Centre. Storm Doris

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is due to arrive at 2am tomorrow. With me is Dean Connolly. How bad

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will this be? We have the picture on here from the Met office that

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integrates the weather. Most of the country is covered in it yellow,

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wind and snow. Amber is covering southern Scotland. That is personal.

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You expect severe weather and challenging conditions tomorrow. --

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that is slow. How destructive will this be? Within the control centre,

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we will have the multi-agency response team. We will try to ensure

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that ever anything does happen it will be cleared up as quickly as

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possible. What is your advice for the public. Our advice is the same.

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Check out at the Traffic Scotland website. Give the extra space to the

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current front of you. It can take ten times longer to stop in a car

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than it does when it isn't snowing. Time to make another plan if you are

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affected. You can keep up-to-date on the BBC Scotland website.

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More councils have been setting their council tax

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Aberdeen became the fifth council to voluntarily decide not to put

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up the basic rate, even though this means they're

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adding to the pressure on their finances.

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In all but three council areas, the council tax should

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People who live in the higher property bands face

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automatic increases regardless of what

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An independent watchdog has said Police Scotland has made

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substantial improvements in its use of stop and search.

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The Inspector of Constabulary says the controversial use

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of so-called consensual searches has almost ceased.

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There's been a 67% reduction in the practice,

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with almost all carried out on a statutory or legal basis.

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Almost half of Scottish charities saw reduced turnover last year.

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A report from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations also

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reveals that charities are expecting demand for their

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Our social affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson reports.

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A face-lift for a daycare centre for dementia sufferers

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The charity said it could not afford contractors to do the work outside.

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So it called in volunteers, all former offenders.

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The dementia sufferers benefit and the volunteers

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A lot of people after they come out the other side of the criminal

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justice system, they find it hard to find employment or

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That is where we come in, we can offer that to them.

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This scheme, operated by Apex, said by offering former offenders

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work it takes the risk out of potential employers

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Apex has learned it has lost its funding

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It is a familiar story for charities, who a report says

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Almost half of Scottish charities saw income falling last year.

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Those who did record increases were mainly large organisations

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with turnover of more than half a million.

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72% of charities forecast increased demand for their services this year.

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Nearly 75% said they could not adequately plan because

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funding was invariably made on a short-term basis,

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Apex said that this hand to mouth existence is ultimately wasteful. So

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much time is spent looking out for funding and looking through the

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reporting mechanisms in order to make these contracts happen. It's a

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real problem because we would like to be spending time on working out

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how to do the contracts better. The Scottish Council

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for Voluntary Organisations, which produced the report,

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is lobbying ministers to change the way charities receive funding.

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The Scottish Government said it It's short-sighted, costing

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a model that makes it easier for charities especially

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smaller ones to become sustainable costing local and national

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government lots of time and effort. We really need to rethink this

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and go on to a three year cycle of funding a model that makes it

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easier for charities especially The Scottish government said it

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would like to develop a three year funding cycle to develop a strong

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and dynamic third sector. Football - and Scottish Cup holders

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Hibs are through to the quarter finals after a 3-1 win over city

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rivals Hearts at Easter Road. The goals came from Jason Cummings,

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Grant Holt and Andrew Shinnie. Tavares Cruz da Silva scored

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a consolation for the visitors. Hibs now face Ayr United at home

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in the quarter finals. It's over to Christopher now

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with the weather forecast The amber warning first or has been

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extended. Good evening. A winter storm is on the way. There is a bee

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prepared one incredible risk of snow. It has just been extended in

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the last hour including the central black. -- Central Belt and further

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north. Low pressure has been named Storm Doris and it beats the cold

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error which means that it will fall as snow. The amber ever is going

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just shy of power. Some significant disruption as result of the snow.

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Breezy on the east coast. Snow on the charger that is likely to have

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severe disruption. This will affect high points of roads, and 77, and

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eight, and 90 and a nine. Just a centimetre or two of snow if that.

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You do not have to go too far out of the city to see a significant amount

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of snow, however. Probably rain in Aberdeen. Dry for the Northern Isles

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with some straw -- rain for the rest of the north. Perhaps some rain

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later on in the day for the Borders. Winter is also an issue tomorrow.

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That is further south. Amber warning across parts of Wales and East

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Anglia. Some disruption likely from that as well. Pretty snowy tomorrow.

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Windy for some. The bar sized, quieter and mother. For us, a winter

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Thursday. The system. We and venture we rain comes eastwards. This time

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tomorrow night and it would be mixed. Behind it is a mix of drive

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pressure. Dreyer, camera, Brighton. Another spell of bread. Let's be

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capped tomorrow morning. The amber every out we are unlikely to see the

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greatest amount of stuff. Likely disruption on the committee

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tomorrow. Our next update is during Breakfast

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from 6:25am tomorrow. From everyone on the late

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team here in Glasgow

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