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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Nine lives: First picture of the team behind BBC Scotland’s new flagship news programme The Nine

Meet the faces of The Nine - the BBC Scotland team that will bring the national and international news to Scotland in the new channel’s flagship nightly hour-long programme.
Heading the 15-strong core team are presenters Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler, two of the country’s leading journalists, and Chief News Correspondent James Cook, who joins the Nine from his post as BBC News North America Correspondent.

Taking a global view on the news while maintaining a distinct Scottish voice, the programme features a hand-picked team of reporters and correspondents who will cover everything from social affairs and innovation to consumer matters, sport and entertainment. There’s also a four-strong team who will report on politics from Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels.

Hayley Valentine, Editor of The Nine, says: "I'm delighted with the team of presenters and reporters we've put together. It has a great mix of experienced correspondents and new talent, all of whom are working on a raft of original stories for The Nine. Our viewers will get some of the best analysis of Scottish, UK and international news from this team. And I’m confident viewers will enjoy a very different approach to news presenting and storytelling."

The Nine will be at the heart of the schedules, broadcasting Monday-Friday between 9-10pm in addition to weekend bulletins. Rebecca and Martin will co-present Monday-Thursday while Laura Miller and John Beattie will present the news hour each Friday.

On Saturdays, there will be a 15-minute bulletin at 7pm, followed by a review programme presented by Fiona Stalker and Nick Sheridan. On Sundays, the 15-minute 7pm bulletin will be presented by Lucy Whyte. The programme will have a distinct social media presence and can also be accessed on digital platforms.

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