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Sky Scottish
Sky Scottish ident.jpg
Launched 1 November 1996
Closed 31 May 1998
Owned by BSkyB, SMG plc
Slogan "It's Good To Come Home To!"
Availability
At time of closure
Satellite
Sky Multichannels Astra 1E, 10.862H

Sky Scottish was a short lived satellite television channel operating on the analogue Sky TV service for 18 months (between 1 November 1996 and 31 May 1998).

The service was a joint venture between British Sky Broadcasting and STV owners SMG plc (now STV Group plc), and was aimed at Scots living outside of Scotland who would not otherwise be able to receive Scottish programming such as that transmitted within Scotland by STV, Grampian or BBC Scotland.[1] It broadcast between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

The station's main programmes included an extra edition of Scottish Television's regional news programme Scotland Today and episodes of Take the High Road from 1994. Celtic F.C.'s 1997 pre-season friendlies were shown on the channel.

Scotsport was also shown on the channel as well as spin-off show Extra Time. There was also The Football Show presented by Jim Delahunt and Peter McGuire.

Despite BSkyB and SMG entering into a seven year contract to run the service,[2] Sky Scottish was closed down after just 18 months. Its closure was explained as the channel having failed to meet its financial targets.[3] Reports suggested that only The Ibrox Club Hour and The Celtic Park Hour, programmes relating to Rangers and Celtic football clubs, had attracted more than 10,000 viewers.[4]

Speaking about its demise, the managing director of SMG, Donald Emslie, described the service as having been a having "been a valuable learning experience" for his company.[5] SMG's finance director, Gary Hughes, stated that the service had shown "it is very difficult to access a Scottish audience outside Scotland",[1] but also that Scottish audiences wanted more home-grown programmes.

References

  1. ^ a b Laing, Allan (1998-04-08). "Scottish satellite channel to close". The Herald (Scottish Media Newspapers Ltd.).  
  2. ^ Thompson, Tanya (1998-04-03). "Future of Sky Scottish TV in Balance". The Scotsman (The Scotsman Publications Ltd.): p. 4.  
  3. ^ "Scots Sky Shuts". The Times (Times Newspapers Limited). 1998-04-08.  
  4. ^ "Plug Pulled on Sky Scottish: Bosses pull the plug on the Sky Scottish satellite TV service". Daily Record (Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail Ltd.): p. 29. 1998-04-08. ""Only the Ibrox and Celtic Park fanzine programmes managed to reach more than 10,000 viewers.""  
  5. ^ "Plug Pulled on Sky Scottish: Bosses pull the plug on the Sky Scottish satellite TV service". Daily Record (Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail Ltd.): p. 29. 1998-04-08.  

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