Tonight at 6.25 in Scotland BBC2 broadcast Auld Lang Syne, a half-hour programme by Artworks Scotland investigating the origins of Robert Burns's most famous song. Here in Northern Ireland in the same slot we had a repeat of a very old edition of Are You Being Served?
This was another missed opportunity for BBC Northern Ireland to share a programme with BBC Scotland. There has always been a strong interest in Burns in Ulster and even those who are not Burns enthusiasts are familiar with the old song. I recall being in the Waterfront Hall a few months ago at a concert organised by an East Belfast flute band and it was sung enthisastically by a packed audience.
Is it too much to ask BBC Northern Ireland to consider broadcasting the programme Auld Lang Syne at a future date? Certainly it is time for BBC Northern Ireland to take a more positive and proactive approach to co-operation with BBC Scotland.