BBC Sportsound reveals major change to Scottish Premiership coverage from today

by 24britishtvMarch 30, 2024, 8 p.m. 22
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It's a first for the programme

The popular Open All Mics programme, which airs during Scottish football matchdays, will be shown on television for the first time.

Open All Mics is hosted by veteran presenter Kenny Macintyre and has been running on the airwaves for years.

In a bid to bring the show to a wider audience, it will be broadcast live on TV this afternoon.

Coverage begins at 3pm on the BBC Scotland channel.

The show brings around the grounds coverage from across Scottish football, focusing mainly on the Scottish Premiership.

The new style will feature the pundits in the studio and bring in reports from journalists out at games.

The news come off the back of a somewhat turbulent week for the BBC, with Off The Ball presenter Stuart Cosgrove having been found to have breached broadcast standards live on-air.

Cosgrove, 71, had a discussion with bosses over comments about Richard Gough which were aired in January.

Former Rangers, Everton and Dundee United defender Gough was not involved in the programme when Cosgrove said he was unsure if the Scotland international - who was born in Sweden but raised in South Africa - was "against apartheid".

A listener complaint was upheld by the broadcasters' executive complaints unit and found BBC Scotland had "already acknowledged the breach of standards" and resolved the issue.

The outcome determined the comments "gave the impression of being a personal attack on someone who did not have the opportunity of responding, and went beyond what would be considered generally acceptable in a programme of this kind."

The complaint made around Cosgrove's comments was one of two made against Off The Ball, which he and Tam Cowan have hosted since 1995.

The irreverent show, jokingly self-branded as 'the most petty an ill-informed programme on radio' dub their hosts the 'odd couple' of Scottish football.

But the presenter taking part in additional equality, diversity and inclusion training was found "sufficient to resolve the issue of the complaint," the ECU said.

Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page

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