BSkyB and Scottish Media Group announce the closure of Sky Scottish

- Scottish Media Group and BSkyB have announced the closure of their joint venture satellite service Sky Scottish after only 18 months.

- Scottish Media Group and BSkyB have announced the closure of their joint venture satellite service Sky Scottish after only 18 months.

The closure, which will take place on May 31, has been blamed on poor financial results. It follows on from reports that the most watched programmes on the service were attracting fewer than 10,000 viewers.

However, SMG said that the project proved that Scottish audiences wanted more Scottish programming and it said its 'innovative' approach of programming, with football related programming which included 'The Celtic Park Hour' and the 'Ibrox Club Hour', proved a winner with football fans across Scotland.

SMG and BSkyB have said they will continue to work together on developing a range of sports related projects.

Donald Emslie managing director of SMG's Broadcasting division said: "Sky Scottish has been a very valuable learning experience as we move towards the new era of digital broadcasting."





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