Good Morning Scotland

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Good Morning Scotland
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Presenters Hayley Millar, Gary Robertson and Gillian Marles
Other names GMS
Genre News
Running time 180 minutes (weekdays), 120 minutes (weekends)
Country of origin Scotland
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio Scotland
Syndicates BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Hosted by Gillian Marles
Hayley Millar
Gary Robertson
Starring Sport
Geoff Webster
Kenny MacIntyre
Heather Dewar
Waseem Zakir
Judith Ralston
Debbie Oates
Sarah Cruickshank
Gillian Smart
Edited by Nicolai Gentchev
Recording studio Glasgow
Original release 31 December 1973 (1973-12-31) – present
Audio format Stereophonic sound

Good Morning Scotland is a Scottish breakfast radio news programme. It is broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland weekdays from 06:00 to 09:00. Established in 1973, it is the longest-running radio show broadcast from Scotland and remains one of the most popular. Weekend editions, broadcast between 08:00 and 10:00, were introduced in early 2015.

Based in many respects on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, it consists of regular news, sport, business, travel and weather bulletins along with interviews, in-depth reports and a daily religious slot Thought for the Day.


The programme was launched on the morning of 31 December 1973 with presenters David Findlay and John Milne. Prior to GMS, radio producers Geoff Cameron and Allan Muirhead were responsible for producing a daily opt-out from Today, called Today in Scotland. Its popularity led to the subsequent Good Morning Scotland.

In 1980, to celebrate 50 years of broadcasting from the BBC's Edinburgh studios at Queen Street, Good Morning Scotland was simulcast on BBC One Scotland, pioneering breakfast television on the BBC (ITV station Yorkshire Television had broadcast a breakfast programme for six weeks during 1978 and thus laid claim to the first semi-regular British breakfast television broadcast).

In 2006 there some major changes to the show, including a change of presenters with Gary Robertson brought in.[1]

The programme had an estimated 455,000 listeners in 2008, which fell to 380,000 the following year.[2]

Local variations[edit]

The first half of the programme is also broadcast on BBC Scotland's Gaelic-language station, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal before its Gaelic counterpart Aithris Na Maidne begins at 07:30.

Listeners in Orkney opt-out between 07:30 and 08:00 for Around Orkney, a 30-minute magazine programme with features, local news and weather, diary, jobspot, mart report and postbag.

There are also local news opt-outs from Selkirk for the Scottish Borders, Dumfries for the South West, Aberdeen for the North East and Inverness for the Highlands.

Past presenters[edit]

Morning Extra[edit]

Morning Extra was an associated phone-in programme broadcast from 09.05 - 10.00. Presented by Graham Stewart, it usually debated one of the biggest stories running on Good Morning Scotland. It was previously only 40 minutes long but was extended in 2008 to an hour.

The programme was axed in 2010 and replaced with a phone-in, Call Kaye, presented by Kaye Adams (later replaced by Morning Call). The last edition of Morning Extra aired on 26 February.


  1. ^ "Gary Robertson to be new voice of BBC's Good Morning Scotland". The Herald. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  2. ^ McGinty, Stephen (4 February 2010). "Radio Scotland losing 1,500 listeners a week". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Steven, Alasdair (16 July 2014). "Obituary: John Milne, journalist". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Neville Garden". The Herald. 25 September 2002. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Laing, Allan (25 April 1998). "Radio's new air force". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 

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