Ofcom has given "provisional approval" to the BBC's plan to launch a new TV channel for Scotland.
The corporation announced the plan in February 2017, with the new channel expected to launch this autumn.
The proposal is part of the overall commitment, made by the BBC during the review of its charter, to increase investment in Scotland and to ensure that proportionately more of the license fee is spent on dedicated services in Scotland.
Ofcom said the decision would now be subject to further consultation, which will last until 18 May.
It will publish a final decision on whether the new channel has been given final approval in July.