STV News Tonight is to launch, ahead of plans by BBC One Scotland to bring viewers across the country a Scottish based Six O’Clock News.
STV North studios in Glasgow
“This is a programme whose merits have been long-debated in Scotland. I’m delighted that it is STV that will bring this landmark new programme to Scotland’s screens. Viewers can look forward to yet another TV first: the best of Scottish, UK and international news in a single programme and presented in the way that solely meets the needs of a Scottish audience.” – Gordon Macmillan, head of news at STV
The landmark new service for Scotland, will bring together for the first time all the news coverage relevant to Scottish viewers in a single weeknight programme. It’s the latest addition to the successful portfolio of news and current affairs programming from STV News and it will launch in early 2017.
The programme will be produced using STV News and ITV News coverage and will offer a comprehensive service of Scottish, UK and international news from a Scottish perspective and delivered with the trademark STV News values. Recognising the unique news agenda of a devolved nation, the programme will deliver for the first time a service tailored specifically to the interests of Scottish viewers.
The delivery of a news programme of this format from Scotland will be a UK first and represents the next enhancement to STV’s extensive cross platform news and current affairs offer. The programme will be produced and broadcast from Glasgow using STV’s resources from across Scotland and ITV’s international and UK news resources.
STV News Tonight will be the flagship news programme on STV’s expanding city network. In addition to Glasgow and Edinburgh, three new licences – Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee – will be added in early 2017 and the network of services re-branded as STV2.
STV operate two ITV regions as well as two local City TV stations. STV remains the only Channel 3 company not owned by ITVplc.
The 30 minute programme will air on weeknights at 7pm on STV2 and streamed live on the STV Player.
“We’re committed to delivering choice for our consumers and we believe there is an appetite for a nightly news programme that combines Scottish, UK and international news. STV News Tonight will be produced and presented live from Glasgow, drawing on the newsgathering resources of both STV news across Scotland and ITV news worldwide. “- Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV
STV boasts a 160 strong news team across six news centres, including Holyrood and Westminster. This team will support STV News Tonight in addition to the creation of new editorial roles. STV holds two city television licences for Scotland’s largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In early 2015, STV was awarded licences to launch services in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee.
Earlier this month BBC Scotland revealed they were continuing to run pilots from their Glasgow based studios for a Scottish Six O’Clock News which would take an hour-long slot, from 6pm on BBC One Scotland, replacing the London-based Six O’Clock News and the Glasgow produced ‘regional’ Reporting Scotland. Speaking at the time a spokesperson for BBC Scotland said ‘work on our output continues’ and that the team at the Pacific Quay Studios will ‘conclude [work on the Scottish Six] before the end of the year’.
“We’re building on the success of the existing STV News output that reflects the lives of audiences in Scotland. Our existing Channel 3 news service is localised from studios in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow with seven bulletins daily. Our city TV service offers hourly updates. STV News Tonight will complement the existing schedule of bulletins with an editorial brief that is fresh and distinctive.” – Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV