BBC Two Scotland

BBC Two Scotland
Launched July 9, 1966 (1966-07-09)
Network BBC Two
Owned by BBC Scotland
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Country Scotland
Formerly called BBC 2 Scotland (9 July 1966 – 16 February 1991)
BBC Scotland On 2 (16 February 1991 – 4 October 1997)
Sister channel(s) BBC One Scotland
BBC AlbaSTV (itv)
Freeview Channel 2
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 (Scottish Gaelic: BBC Dhà Alba) 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 transition to digital television.

In February 2017, the BBC announced plans to replace the BBC Two opt-out with a new part-time television service.[1][2]


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:


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.


  1. "New TV channel for BBC in Scotland". BBC News. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. "BBC to launch Scottish TV channel with hour-long news programme". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2017.

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