BBC Two Scotland
|BBC Two Scotland|
|Launched||20 April 1964|
|Owned by||BBC Scotland|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Formerly called||BBC 2 Scotland (20 April 1964 – 15 February 1991)
BBC Scotland On 2 (16 February 1991 – 3 October 1997)
|Sister channel(s)||BBC One Scotland
|Freesat||Channel 102 (Scotland)
Channel 970 (Rest of UK)
|Sky||Channel 102 (Scotland)
Channel 970 (Rest of UK)
|Virgin Media||Channel 102|
|Smallworld Cable||Channel 102|
BBC Two Scotland is a television station operated by BBC Scotland. It is broadcast via digital television and is the sister Scottish channel of BBC One Scotland. Unlike BBC One Scotland, which broadcasts its own continuity with only rare exceptions, BBC Two Scotland opts in and out of BBC Two network continuity throughout the day.
Prior to digital switchover, 'BBC Two Scotland' and 'BBC Two Scotland (Digital)' were listed as separate channels by some guides, but were effectively the same channel, broadcasting identical feeds as part of the moves to digital-only switchover.
Similarly to BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Scotland offers differing programming from the UK-wide network specifically aimed at Scottish viewers. Often, this is more specialised programming such as Artworks Scotland, Holyrood Live and the Gaelic strands branded as BBC Two (Dhà) Alba. Also, on weeknights, Newsnight Scotland (later Scotland) opts out of the main Newsnight programme from 11 o'clock onwards.
During the daytime and overnight schedules, BBC Scotland replaces some of the national education programming for shows better targeted at the separate Scottish education system and replacing some politics strands with coverage of Scottish politics. BBC Sport Scotland will sometimes use BBC Two Scotland to broadcast live coverage of more minority sports, such as athletics and shinty, with some sports such as mountain biking and cross-country showcased in The Adventure Show. Additionally, on Sunday nights BBC Two Scotland has become the regular home for Sportscene's highlights of the SPFL, preceding Match of the Day 2.
Recent examples of BBC Two Scotland programmes include:
- ArtWorks Scotland
- Dè a-nis?
- Holyrood Live
- Limmy's Show
- Na Bleigeardan
- Newsnight Scotland
- Daily Politics Scotland
- Rathad an Sutha
- Sport Nation
- The Adventure Show
- Wildlife Detectives
BBC Two Scotland can be seen on all television platforms in Scotland, on channel 2, or 102, depending on the system, and in other areas of the UK via satellite and on some other digital television platforms. Programmes shown exclusively on BBC Two Scotland can also be watched again across the UK for 30 days after transmission on the BBC iPlayer service.
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