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Date: Tuesday, 26th June 2012
Contributor: Ian Embelton - HQ

World Pipe Band Championships Streaming from BBC


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Encore for piping fans as BBC Scotland streams live coverage from 'The Worlds' across the globe

BBC Scotland is again going global with live streaming from the World Pipe Band Championships.

For the fourth year running the broadcaster will be offering live streamed coverage from the Grade One arena of the iconic event on 11 August. The World Pipe Championships, known as 'The Worlds', will attract around 40,000 visitors and 8,000 pipers, drummers and performers to Glasgow Green.

BBC Scotland has been broadcasting the event since 2006 and has made live streaming a feature of its coverage in recent years following enthusiastic feedback from lovers of traditional music across the world.

Eileen Herlihy, Head of BBC Scotland's Entertainment and Events, said:'We've had a chorus of approval for our online live coverage of the event from piping fans in many countries.

'It has become an appointment to view for members of the international piping community. We know from feedback that many followers of traditional music will be hosting their own piping parties as they watch the action live from Glasgow.’

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: ‘We are delighted that the BBC have again agreed to provide this service for the many thousands of pipe band followers around the world who are unable to be in Glasgow in August’.

This year's programme on BBC One Scotland presented by Jackie Bird will transmit the following weekend with commentary from respected piper Bob Worrall who has also been an adjudicator at 'The Worlds'. Full transmission details will be confirmed at a later date.

On BBC Radio Scotland, Pipeline, presented by Gary West, will feature the winning performances and results in its show on August 11 at 9.05 pm. In the following week’s edition on August 18, the pipe music show will air more performances from the big event.

BBC Scotland's live web coverage can be accessed on which will also host video clips on demand, available worldwide, after the event.

Widely viewed as the single most important date in the calendar for pipe bands, this year the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland, will battle it out to retain their 2011 World Champions title against bands from Scotland, Canada, America, Ireland, Northern Ireland and other countries from across the World.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive


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