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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 network BBC One Scotland
BBC Two Scotland
Picture format 16:9
Original release 9 August 1975 (1975-08-09) – present
External links

Sportscene is the name of a range of Scottish sports television programmes produced by BBC Scotland.


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 5pm programme called Scoreboard, as a regional opt-out from Grandstand, plus a 10pm 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.


Sportscene set at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ.

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

  • Sportscene is broadcast on Sunday nights on BBC One Scotland and is presented by Jonathan Sutherland. The show produces highlights of all the week's matches from the Scottish Premiership. Sutherland is joined by two studio guests who discuss the results. Guest have included Steven Thompson, Michael Stewart, Pat Nevin and Lyle Taylor.
  • 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 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. Until Grandstand ended its 48-year run, the show would have started at some point between 1 and 5 minutes before the network aired English counterpart Final Score.
  • Sportscene Live is the name used for all live football matches broadcast by BBC Scotland. Coverage includes both Scottish cup competitions (the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup).
  • All other football related programming is simply branded as Sportscene. This includes highlights packages and other one-off specials.

Previous shows[edit]

  • 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.

Presenters, commentators and reporters[edit]

Sportscene's 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.

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's opening credits

Sportscene has begun simulcasting certain live matches via both the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport Mobile 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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