STV makes management changes for STV News

Steven Ladurantaye has been appointed Head of News and Current Affairs at STV, the Channel 3 broadcaster in Scotland.

“I am delighted to be announcing further details of the team that will lead STV News as we implement our new organisation. We have undertaken an ambitious and extensive change programme, investing in the development of our journalists and technical teams to ensure that STV News will be in the strongest position to meet the needs of a growing digital audience.” – Bobby Hain, Managing Director, Broadcast, STV

Steve Ladurantaye is to lead the news organisation and deliver the transformation programme designed to ensure STV News secures its leading position across all platforms in future. The STV news output last month underwent a revamp with the Edinburgh programme merged with its Glasgow counterpart, with the one programme hosted by presenters in each city.

Ladurantaye’s significant experience in news media spans print, radio, digital and social, and television and he joins STV from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he was Managing Editor, responsible for the journalism and newsroom operations of Canada’s largest public service broadcast news service.  At CBC Ladurantaye oversaw the restructuring of the organisation’s digital news operations and was involved in the redevelopment of the corporation’s flagship television and radio programmes.

Prior to CBC, Ladurantaye was Global Chair of News at Twitter, working with news organisations around the world, including the UK, to develop their digital strategies incorporating Twitter’s platform.

“As Head of STV News, Steven Ladurantaye will bring extensive experience of delivering the changes that we are introducing combined with a strong public service broadcast background and passion for journalism. I look forward to working with Steven as he makes a key contribution to the next chapter of STV News. The newly created editorial board will ensure our content maintains its high quality and is distinctive and relevant securing our leading position across all platforms. This will be chaired by John MacKay who, in addition to being widely recognised by journalists across Scotland as a leader in his profession, represents the embodiment of the values of STV News.” – Bobby Hain, Managing Director, Broadcast, STV

Steve Ladurantaye joins STV as Head of News.

Ladurantaye’s early career was built in print media across a range of Canadian publications including the Globe and Mail (Media Reporter), the Kingston Whig and Peterborough Examiner (City Editor) and the Ottawa Business Journal (Managing Editor).

Linda Grimes is appointed Editor, Broadcast Output. Grimes has a long-standing career with STV News having successfully undertaken a range of journalistic and production roles. Most recently she was Editor, News Output, STV News Central.

David Milne becomes Editor, Digital Output.  Since joining STV, Milne has held a number of positions developing and influencing STV’s digital publishing products and platforms. Prior to STV, Milne was Group Digital Editor with the Herald and Times group.  Donald John MacDonald will continue to lead STV North’s editorial output as Editor, STV North, and Sam Dornan will continue to hold responsibility for all aspects of technical operations and support to STV News. A selection process for the new role of Editor, Originations is currently underway and will conclude shortly.

Additionally, STV News is creating an Editorial Board which will be chaired by new anchor John MacKay. As one of the most senior journalists within the STV News team, MacKay – who has been with the station since 1994 – will bring his considerable experience of STV News and a strong connection with its audience to lead a regular review and evaluation of all aspects of output.  The Editorial Board will meet monthly and will be comprised of representatives from across the news division and the wider organisation.

All appointments will be effective from 1st November 2018.

“STV News is an industry leader at a pivotal time. I’m so excited to build on the work already done and to ensure STV News finds its audience on whichever screen they favour.” – Steven Ladurantaye

STV Newsreader John MacKay (left) with STV weatherman Sean Batty.
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