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Sportscene logo.png
Sportscene's Current Logo
Genre Sport
Presented by David Currie (Saturday)
Jonathan Sutherland (Sunday)
Country of origin Scotland
Original language(s) English
Location(s) BBC Pacific Quay
Glasgow, Scotland
Running time Varies
Production company(s) BBC Sport Scotland
(BBC Sport)
Original channel BBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
Picture format 16:9
Original run August 1975 (1975-08) – present
External links

Sportscene is the name of a range of Scottish sports television programmes produced by BBC Scotland. Its main anchors are David Currie and Jonathan Sutherland. Previous Sportscene presenters include Rob MacLean, Alison Walker, Richard Gordon, Dougie Donnelly, Archie Macpherson, Gordon Hewitt, Hazel Irvine, Jill Douglas, Mark Souster and Jim Craig.

Recent notable events covered by Sportscene include Celtic's run to the UEFA Cup Final in the 2002-03 season, Scotland's 2006 Six Nations triumph over England and the finale to the 2002-03 Scottish Premier League season.


Sportscene's predecessor was Sportsreel,[1] which was broadcast every Saturday at around 5pm (results and reports) and 10pm (highlights) in the 1960s. By the 1970s, a Sportscene format of a 5:00pm programme called Scoreboard, as a regional opt-out from Grandstand plus a 10:00pm show with highlights from one English and one Scottish league or cup match, was established. Sportscene also covered European and international matches, which usually involved highlights but occasionally live coverage. The show was presented by Archie Macpherson with commentary by Macpherson, Alastair Alexander or Peter Thomson.

Present coverage[edit]

Although in previous seasons Sportscene provided live coverage of the Scottish Premiership, from the 2007-08 season onwards they have broadcast highlights only, with live rights having been bought by Setanta Sports and then Sky Sports and ESPN, now BT Sport after Setanta went into administration.

Also broadcast are highlights and selected live games of Scotland international away matches (Sky Sports showing the home matches), including qualifiers for the World Cup and the European Championship, and exclusive live matches in the Scottish League Cup. Sportscene also shares rights to the Scottish Cup with Sky Sports and shows some games from European competitions that involve Scottish clubs. Sportscene Live has also covered Scotland's 2006 Kirin Cup win and the final of the 2006 Under 19 European Championships, also involving Scotland.

Commentators and reporters[edit]

The programme's main commentary and reporting team consists of; lead commentator Liam McLeod, Paul Mitchell, John Barnes, Kheredine Idessane, Al Lamont, Jane Lewis, Chris McLaughlin and Jane Lewis.

Previous lead commentators have been Archie MacPherson (1969–1990), Jock Brown (1990–1997), Rob MacLean (1997–2004) and Paul Mitchell (2004-2010).


Sportscene set at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ.

There are a number of shows that come under the Sportscene brand.

  • Sportscene Results is broadcast on Saturday afternoons on BBC One Scotland and is presented by David Currie. The show rounds up all of the day's main football scores, whilst debating the major Scottish football stories of the week. From 1989-2001, it was known as Afternoon Sportscene and previous presenters have included Bill McFarlen, Rob Maclean, Dougie Donnelly, Dougie Vipond and Stuart Cosgrove. The show normally gives football experts like Pat Nevin and Tony Higgins an opportunity to give their views on the days results and the past week of football.
  • Sportscene Rugby Special was the title of BBC Scotland's domestic rugby union programming when it held the rights to the Scottish leagues.
  • Friday Sportscene was the name of the football preview programme that went out on BBC One Scotland on Friday nights from 1989 - 2001. The programme's format was later moved to Saturday lunchtimes in place of Football Focus but has been absent from the schedules since BBC Scotland lost the live rights to the Scottish Premier League in 2004.
  • All other football related programming is simply branded as Sportscene. This includes highlights packages and other one-off specials.


Sportscene's opening credits

Sportscene has begun simulcasting certain live matches via both the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport App. The UEFA Cup tie between Molde and Rangers was one of the first to feature online. Most programmes now feature on the BBC iPlayer service, depending on rights restrictions.

In popular culture[edit]

The programme is regularly parodied in the Scottish football impressionist show Only an Excuse?. Munchtime Sportscene is a name often used by the programme's makers, presumably a play on the currently rested Lunchtime Sportscene programme.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Q & A". Retrieved 14 August 2011. 

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