Glasgow station ready for new era
STV sets date for launch of new channel
STV’s new channel, STV2, will launch before the end of this month, anchored by a Scottish, UK and international news service.
STV News Tonight will be the first test for Glasgow broadcasters to provide a full global news service ahead of BBC Scotland’s new channel next year.
A schedule that will include soaps, dramas and movies is promised as part of the channel, launching at 5pm on 24 April.
STV’s existing city TV channels for Glasgow and Edinburgh will be rebranded and combined with three new licences for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee under the STV2 brand.
The channel will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117, Virgin channel 159 and will be streamed online via the STV Player.
STV News Tonight will be presented by Halla Mohieddeen at 7pm week nights and will combine STV and ITV bulletins for the first time.
There will also include hourly news bulletins and three dedicated half-hour news programmes at 1pm, 6pm and 10pm.
Ms Mohieddeen has spent the last ten years working in China and France. She was the presenter of the Morning News and Middle East Matters programmes for Paris-based 24 hour international news channel, France 24.
The Heriot-Watt University graduate from the Scottish Borders has also worked for a number of Chinese TV and radio stations, including CCTV, Xinhua News Network Corporation and Beijing Radio 774.
Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV, said: “STV2 is the first commercial TV channel with a distinct schedule for Scotland and we’re excited to confirm the channel will launch on Monday 24 April.”
The channel will reach approximately 85% of viewers in STV’s transmission area.
It will be delivered in partnership with further education colleges and universities from across the country, including Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier University in Edinburgh, Robert Gordon University and North East Scotland College in Aberdeen, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in Ayr, and Abertay University and Dundee and Angus College in Dundee.
The team will work with students on a range of offerings, including placements, internships, training and guest lecturing.