Rachel McTavish

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Rachel McTavish
Show STV News (East/West)
Station(s) STV
Time slot Varies
Style News anchor
Country Scotland
Previous show(s) The Five Thirty Show (2008-2009);
Scotland Today (2007-2008);
Channel One Liverpool

Rachel McTavish is a broadcast journalist currently working freelance with STV Central.

Journalism career[edit]

McTavish started her career at Channel One in her home city of Liverpool before working as a newsreader for GMTV and Five News. She also covered the Midlands for ITV national bulletins as a video journalist before taking on the role of presenter for many ITV News programmes and was a regular presenter on the ITV News Channel until its closure in 2005 - most notably during the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. Rachel could also be heard on LBC 97.3's Nick Ferrari Show on Friday mornings.

McTavish became a freelance journalist on STV's Scotland Today, in 2007 fronting the West opt-out during the main evening programme and pan-regional short bulletins in the Central region.

On 28 April 2008, she joined STV's regional magazine programme The Five Thirty Show, replacing Debi Edward - first as a stand-in and then, permanently. McTavish went on to co-host the show until her departure from STV on 15 May 2009.[1] The programme was axed and replaced by an hour-long programme entitled The Hour. From 2011 until November 2012 she was seen once again presenting both the ITV News at 5:30 and London Tonight for ITN. In June 2011 she returned to STV additionally as a news bulletin presenter and stand-in anchor for the West edition of STV News at Six, then became a temporary main anchor of the East edition of STV News at Six, until May 2014.[2] Rachel now acts as relief presenter on the programme, as well as presenting STV News bulletins in the West region.

Other work[edit]

McTavish also runs her own jewellery business and website, the McTavish Collection.


  1. ^ "STV axe ratings winner Five Thirty Show". Daily Record. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Rachel McTavish: Presenter, journalist & broadcaster Official website

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