2008 in Scottish television
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This is a list of events in Scottish television from 2008.
- 27 February – In a speech to the Royal Television Society in Glasgow, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond criticises broadcasters such as BBC Scotland and STV for not providing live coverage of Scotland's international football matches.
- 22 May – After over 50 years on air STV's Scotsport airs for the last time.
- 30 May – Virgin Radio is sold to a group led by The Times of India for £53million.
- 24 June – SMG plc announces another name change – this time to STV Group plc.
- 8 September – A report by the Scottish Broadcasting Commission recommends that up to £75 million of public funds should be used to create a high quality Scottish television channel.
- 19 September – Launch of the Scottish Gaelic television channel BBC Alba.
- November – A History of Scotland presented by historian Neil Oliver debuts on BBC One in Scotland. It is shown national on BBC Two from January 2009.
- November – STV announces its intention to opt out of ITV1 programmes they claim are not performing well in their broadcast region. These include series such as Sharpe's Peril, Al Murray's Happy Hour, Moving Wallpaper, Benidorm and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. ITV's coverage of the FA Cup is also dropped.
- Reporting Scotland (1968–1983; 1984–present)
- Scotland Today (1972–2009)
- Sportscene (1975–present)
- Public Account (1976–present)
- The Beechgrove Garden (1978–present)
- North Tonight (1980–2009)
- Taggart (1983–present)
- Only an Excuse? (1993–present)
- River City (2002–present)
- Politics Now (2004–2011)
- The Adventure Show (2005–present)
- GMTV Scotland (2007–present)
Ending this year
- 22 February – That Was The Team That Was (2006–2008)
- April – VideoGaiden (2005–2008)
- 22 May – Scotsport (1957–2008)
- 13 June – John Malcolm, 72, actor