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New talk show for Radio Scotland

Sports presenter John Beattie is to host a new daily topical lunchtime news show on BBC Radio Scotland from today.

The former Scotland and British Lions rugby player has been fronting sports programming for the station up until now.

He'll be on Monday to Thursdays, 12noon to 1.15pm as part of a slight reshuffle to the station's schedule.

John said: "I'm looking forward to getting behind the main stories of the day, putting the spotlight on the issues that affect us all – from how safe is our food to how fair are the bankers bonuses – together with all the latest news, travel and sports from my colleagues on what is happening in Scotland and the world."

Jeff Zycinski, Head of BBC Radio Scotland, added: "Earlier this year we spent a lot of time talking to our audiences across Scotland. John Beattie is a presenter that listeners love hearing from and he has interests well beyond sport. He's a big personality in every way and he joins a very strong line-up in our daytime schedule, including Gary Robertson, Kaye Adams and Fred MacAulay.

"Longer term, we're changing the mix of programmes so that there is more speech in daytime – including news, topical conversation, documentaries, drama and comedy – and an unbeatable variety of quality music programmes in the evening, including a continued commitment to live sessions in our specialist shows like Another Country and Travelling Folk. All that plus our award-winning Sportsound team on medium wave and DAB."

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