BBC Scotland's flagship programme The Nine has come under threat after viewing figures slumped to just 1% of its launch audience. 

The £32 million channel saw only 8000 people tune in daily during December during the General Election campaign, compared to the 752,000 people who tuned in for the hour-long programme on its first broadcast.

On its second night, the audience fell to 10% of the previous day and has seen just 4000 people tuning in on its worst days. 

The data, which was disclosed by The Sunday Times, was based on the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board which is a panel tasked with estimating viewing figures. 

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The numbers place further pressure on the broadcaster which is currently threatened by proposals to scrap its £4 billion revenue-raising licence fee as the UK Government plans to adopt a Netflix-style monthly direct debit subscription.

Tory spokesman Maurice Golden said: "The BBC Scotland TV channel is supported with a huge budget and a massive and experienced team, but unfortunately their viewing figures have continued to decline to pretty shockingly low levels.

"Licence fee payers would be right to question why so much money is being spent on such a tiny audience."

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The BBC said: “BBC Scotland has been watched by 825,000 every week since launch, which is above the BBC’s own projections. Channel programmes received five BAFTA Scotland awards just months after it launched.

“Overall, the channel is adding a more socially diverse audience to the BBC portfolio and requests to view BBC Scotland programmes on the iPlayer have risen 125% to more than 62 million in 2019.”