BLOG: 50 years of Reporting Scotland

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: Gusto, 16 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 6NU

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It first flickered on to our screens exactly 50 years ago and it has remained at the heart of Scottish news broadcasting ever since.  Reporting Scotland’s longest-serving news anchor Jackie Bird joined us at the April Communications Breakfast to look back over half a century of the programme, from its earliest days in black and white to today, where it remains the most watched televised news programme in Scotland.

From its earliest days, the programme offered a unique perspective on the stories that mattered to the nation, as reported and presented by iconic names such as Mary Marquis, John Milne, Viv Lumsden, Sally Magnusson and, of course, Jackie herself.

An animated and engaging Jackie showed footage from those early days to the present, giving us the chance to hear about how the Reporting Scotland team has, over the decades, been at the cutting edge of news reporting and to find out about what the future might hold.

Jackie has witnessed and reported on many top stories including the Dunblane killings, the devolution debate, opening of the Scottish Parliament and the Lockerbie bombing inquiry.

The breakfast felt more like a conversation with a friend rather than a presentation from a stranger. Maybe because we are all familiar with Jackie, although to be fair she certainly knows how to put a room at ease while ‘chatting’ through her experiences and ideas. There was discussion around the demise of live news reporting over recent years, primarily down to people’s watching habits while on the move and technology allowing us to ‘catch up’ on programmes at any time of day. There was also the ‘million dollar’ question – “How do we keep young people engaged?” – we all agreed that news programmes need to be relevant to their audiences.

Jackie also showed video from ‘Rep Scot’s’ (That’s what the news team affectionately refer to Reporting Scotland as) ‘Beast from the East’ coverage. The team worked round the clock to bring up to the minute coverage of the storm and it’s effects on us all around the country. Jackie explained that despite the demise in people watching live news this extended episode of the programme had record viewers.

We could have sat and listened to Jackie all day, but then there were news stories requiring attention so following a busy Q&A and of course a few selfie’s we all headed off to start our working day.

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Pictures by GreatScot Photography

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