Following the award of licenses to STV to deliver new city-focused TV services to Glasgow and Edinburgh, it is announced that Paul Hughes has been appointed as channel editor for both services.
Paul Hughes has extensive media experience in production and editorial roles with ITV, ITN, GMTV, STV, and independently as a media consultant. Paul also led the digital TV switchover for Digital UK in Scotland.
Reporting to Elizabeth Partyka, director of the new city TV services, Paul will be responsible for creative and editorial leadership for STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.
I am hugely excited about the opportunities that the two new city channels offer. Getting closer to communities and consumers is important for STV, and the addition of two new TV channels complement our existing broadcast, online and mobile services.
The partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and Edinburgh Napier University is an innovative extension to the media landscape of Scotland, providing media students with opportunities to work and learn in a live broadcast environment. The new city services open the door to innovative ways for us to engage and involve current and new commercial clients.
This is the ideal time to welcome Paul Hughes to the team as we work towards going live on air in June and August next year. – Elizabeth Partyka, director of the new city TV service
The new services also involve a partnership between STV and leading universities in each of the cities (Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier University in Edinburgh). Paul will work closely with these partners and community groups, to create an engaging, informative new media service for Scotland’s two largest cities.
The launch dates for the new services are also announced today with STV Glasgow launching in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh launching in August 2014.
I’m delighted to be joining the STV team to launch these two new services. The challenge will be to tell the stories of Glasgow and Edinburgh in a way that informs, engages and reflects life in these two great cities. We also have to find ways to do that and meet the rapidly changing expectations consumers have of the media. These services will complement and build upon STV’s existing position as Scotland’s leading media brand. – Paul Hughes, channel editor for STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh
Ofcom announced the award of licences to STV for Glasgow and Edinburgh in January 2013. The new channels will be available on Freeview. STV currently also operates the ITV franchises for ITV Grampian and ITV Scotland – both branded as STV.