Today STV’s city channels, STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh, will move to channel 8 in the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) from a previous position of 23.
It is a landmark moment for the two channels which over the last two years have brought a mixture of news, sport, drama and daily magazine shows to audiences in and around Scotland’s two largest cities.
Over the last two years the channels have broadcast, among many other highlights:
- Edinburgh Festival 2015, an hour long show broadcast live every weekday evening over the course of the internationally renowned festival. The programme reached 800,000 viewers in August 2015, with 600,000 viewers tuning in across STV’s channels in Scotland and an additional 200,000 across the UK after 11 Local Television Network channels acquired the shows.
- Glasgow Green Fireworks Live, broadcast from Glasgow’s grand annual fireworks display. The programme averaged an audience of 12,000 and peaked at over 20,000, making it one of the top 10 performing broadcasts of its slot. It was also broadcast live at the event to a crowd of 50,000.
- STV Fight Night, a live 90 minute boxing special featuring Commonwealth boxing gold medallist Charlie Flynn and hotly-tipped boxing talent Joe Ham.
To mark the move, the channels will show STV’s 1978 acclaimed adaptation of Muriel Spark’s book The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, in which Geraldine McEwan stars as the headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh. The seven part series will air on both channels from Thursday 7th April at 9.05pm.
“With our City channels in a more prominent position, new viewers from across Scotland will now get the opportunity to enjoy more of STV’s trusted local news and magazine programmes along with our great mix of new and classic drama and entertainment.” – Director of Channels at STV, Bobby Hain
The move follows the transition of BBC Three to a fully online service. Until now, STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow have been listed on the Freeview EPG at position 23. BBC Alba, previously at 8, is moving up one place to take BBC Three’s former position at 7. Digital UK has indicated that some viewers may need to retune their TV or box to receive the latest channel line up where changes are not picked up automatically.
STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh are available on Freeview channel 8 (from 5 April), Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 in their broadcast areas. The channels are also available to watch live or for catch-up on the STV Player across Scotland.