Newspapers and Magazines
Scotland's major newspapers include the Scotsman—a conservative sheet that also styles itself as the journal of record—and the moderate Glasgow-based Herald, along with the tabloid Daily Record. The Sunday Post, conservative in bent, is the country's leading Sunday paper; Scotland on Sunday competes directly with London's Sunday Times for clout north of the border; and the Sunday Herald, an offshoot of the Glasgow Herald, is another major title.
Scotland also has many regional publications; the List, a twice-monthly magazine with listings, covers the Glasgow and Edinburgh scenes. Many Scottish newsstands also feature editions of the leading London newspapers, such as the London Times, the Evening Standard, the Independent, and the Guardian; the Sunday Telegraph usually has the biggest Scotland coverage.
For magazines the selection is smaller and its purview is less sophisticated. Heritage Scotland, a publication of the National Trust, covers the historic preservation beat. Scottish Homes and Interiors is devoted to home design and style, and the Scottish Field covers matters dealing with the countryside. For more regional coverage check out the glossy Scottish Life.
Radio and Television
The Scotland offshoot of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Scotland, is based in Glasgow and has a wide variety of Scotland-based TV programming. BBC Scotland usually feeds its programs into the various BBC channels, including BBC1 and BBC2, the latter considered the more eclectic and artsy, with a higher proportion of alternative humor, drama, and documentaries. Channel 3 is used by independent channels, which can change from region to region in Scotland: Grampian, the Borders, and Scottish are three channels that are regional in focus, with Grampian beamed into the north and west of Scotland and Scottish into the southern regions. Originating in England, Channel 4 is a mixture of mainstream and off-the-wall programming, whereas Channel 5 has more sports and films.
Satellite TV has brought dozens more channels to Britain including BBC 3 and BBC 4, which show more experimental, cutting-edge shows than BBC 1 and BBC 2.
Radio has seen a similar explosion for every taste, from 24-hour classics on Classic FM (100–102 MHz) to rock (Richard Branson's Virgin at 105.8 MHz). BBC Radio Scotland is a leading radio station, tops for local news and useful as it provides Scottish (rather than English) weather information. Originating from England—and therefore not always received in regions throughout Scotland—the BBC channels include Channel 1 (FM 97.6) for the young and hip; 2 (FM 88) for middle-of-the-roadsters; 3 (FM 90.2) for classics, jazz, and arts; 4 (FM 92.4) for news, current affairs, drama, and documentaries; and 5 Live (MW 693 kHz) for sports and news coverage, with listener phone-ins.
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