New bulletin 'to recognise devolution'
STV and ITV to launch news programme from Glasgow
ST News Tonight is being hailed as a ‘UK first’ by bringing together all the news coverage for Scottish viewers in a single weeknight programme.
Launch in early 2017, the programme will be produced using STV and ITV News coverage.
STV says it will recognise “the unique news agenda of a devolved nation” by delivering 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,” said the company in a statement to the Stock Exchange.
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 (pictured), three new licences – Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee – will be added in early 2017 and the network of services rebranded as STV2.
The 30 minute programme will air on weeknights at 7pm on STV2 and streamed live on the STV Player.
Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV, said: “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.
“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.”
Gordon Macmillan, head of news at STV, said: “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.”
STV has 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.
The BBC is considering similar plans to launch a programme of Scottish, national and international news from Scotland.