Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given final approval to BBC plans for a new TV channel for Scotland. It is due to begin broadcasting in February 2019.
Ofcom said in a statement: “Having carefully considered all responses to our consultation, we have concluded that the public value offered by the proposed BBC Scotland channel would justify any potential adverse impact on fair and effective competition it may cause. The BBC is now free to proceed with the launch of BBC Scotland.”
The corporation’s Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon said she was “delighted” with the news. In an email to staff she wrote: “This is excellent news and provides us with the springboard to continue planning, with confidence, for launch which is scheduled for February 2019.”