STV News at Six
|STV News at Six|
|Also known as||STV News,
STV News Review
|Directed by||West edition:
|Presented by||West edition:
|Theme music composer||Paul Leonard-Morgan|
|Country of origin||Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Gordon McMillan|
Donald John McDonald
|Running time||STV News at Six:
|Production company(s)||STV Central,
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Original run||23 March 2009– present|
|Preceded by||Scotland Today
|Related shows||Scotland Tonight|
STV News at Six is a Scottish regional news programme, covering the two STV franchise areas of Northern and Central Scotland, produced by STV Central (formerly Scottish Television) in the Central region and STV North (formerly Grampian Television) in the Northern region.
The programmes were launched on 23 March 2009, replacing Scotland Today in Central Scotland and North Tonight in Northern Scotland. As of 23 May 2011, three separate editions of STV News at Six are produced each weekday for the East and West of the Central region and for the entire North region (including an opt-out service for Tayside and North East Fife).
The three programmes are produced from studios in Glasgow (West edition), Edinburgh (East edition) and Aberdeen (North edition) with reporters also based at studios in Dundee and Inverness and political correspondents based at Holyrood and Westminster. Freelance correspondents and camera crews are based on the Orkney and Shetland Isles, Wick and Fort William with a permanent Western Isles correspondent based in Stornoway.
STV News at Six airs on STV Central (West and East) and STV North each weeknight at 6pm.
The main evening programmes are supplemented by shorter STV News bulletins seven days a week. On weekdays, three 2-minute bulletins are broadcast during Daybreak with the lunchtime bulletin at 1:55pm, giving a six minute round-up of the days developments. At around 8pm, there is a 1-minute round-up of the day's headlines. The late night bulletin is incorporated into Scotland Tonight on Monday - Thursday nights at 10:30pm, with a separate bulletin also airing on Friday after the ITV News at Ten. STV News also airs short early evening bulletins on Saturdays and Sundays. Short bulletins taken from the main 6pm programme also air during The Nightshift.
On weekdays, the lunchtime bulletins in the Central region are broadcast across both the West and East sub-regions while the North region receives its own lunchtime and late night bulletins. The weekend bulletins are broadcast across both the North and Central regions from Glasgow. All North, East and pan-Scottish bulletins are broadcast one hour after their original airing on STV+1. Bulletins are also available for catch-up, 30 days after broadcast on the STV News website.
On 25 August 2011, STV announced plans to introduce a 30-minute current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight, on Monday - Thursday nights at 10:30pm. The pan-regional programme, incorporating late news bulletins for STV's North, West and East regions, began on 24 October 2011, and is presented on alternate nights by John MacKay and Rona Dougall.
On 15 April 2013, STV launched a new, 1-minute local bulletin, broadcasting every weeknight at around 8pm, with separate bulletins from the North, West and East regions. The updates are presented by the late newsreader that night.
On 8 January 2007, the former Scotland Today and North Tonight programmes launched sub-regional news bulletins.
In the North, viewers in the Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and north-east Fife area receive a 5-minute bulletin, within the main 18:00 programme - presented and produced from STV's studios at Seabraes in Dundee and directed from a technical gallery in Aberdeen. While the Tayside bulletin is broadcast, viewers further north see more news from the north-east, Highlands and Islands, broadcast from the main studio in Aberdeen. Separate weather forecasts for both areas are also broadcast after the ITV News at Ten on weeknights.
Previously in the Central region, viewers in both the West and East areas received 5-minute bulletins within the main 18:00 programme - STV News West covered the area from Tobermory to Falkirk, with the presenter based in the main studio in Glasgow. Meanwhile, STV News East covered the area from Anstruther to Dunbar and was presented and produced at STV's Edinburgh studios.
On 18 January 2011, STV announced plans to split the Central Scotland edition of STV News at Six into two full-length programmes for the East and West sub-regions, presented and produced locally. The new programme was due to launch on 16 May 2011 but was later delayed until 23 May 2011. Initially launched as a six-month pilot, the East service was made permanent in October 2011. The two programmes are supplemented by separate late night bulletins.
STV News Review
STV News Review, a short weekly programme reviewing the week's main stories on both STV News services is broadcast directly after the Sunday evening bulletin, signed for the deaf and hard of hearing by on-screen BSL interpreters.
In the Central region, the programme is signed by Morag Donnelly and Avril Hepner (on a rotating basis) and produced by one of the production journalists in the Glasgow newsroom. In the North region, the programme is signed by a rotating team of interpreters from the Aberdeen Deaf Society. The programme is narrated and produced by either Norman Macleod or Andrea Brymer.
Currently, the STV News on-air team consists of the following:
|Central region - Reporters and Correspondents are occasionally used across all three regions|
|Louise Aitken||West Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter, Video journalist|
|Eilidh Barbour||Sports Reporter||(freelance)|
|Raman Bhardwaj||West Sports Presenter|
|James Blake||East Broadcast Journalist||East news gathering Editor|
|Joanne Bonnar||West Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter, Video journalist|
|Andy Chambers||East Broadcast Journalist||East news gathering Editor|
|Gordon Chree||Broadcast Journalist||News at Six relief sports presenter (East), "News at Six" relief anchor (East/West), occasional bulletin presenter|
|David Cowan||Chief Reporter|
|Keith Downie||Sports Reporter||News at Six relief sports presenter (West/East), Video journalist|
|Mike Edwards||Senior News Reporter|
|Sharon Frew||West Broadcast Journalist|
|Karen Greenshields||West Broadcast Journalist|
|Jennifer Harrild||East Broadcast Journalist||Video journalist|
|Grant Lauchlan||Entertainment Reporter|
|Vicky Lee||West Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter, West producer/news gathering editor|
|Suzi Mair||East Broadcast Journalist||News gathering Editor|
|Kirsty Malcolm||East Broadcast Journalist|
|Morven McPherson||Production Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter|
|Rachel McTavish||West Presenter||Occasional bulletin presenter, News at Six relief anchor (West) (freelance)|
|Laura Miller||West Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter, News at Six relief anchor (West), video journalist|
|Liz Monaghan||East Broadcast Journalist||East producer/news gathering editor|
|Peter Smith||Broadcast Journalist||Scotland Tonight researcher|
|Kirsti Walker||East Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter|
|Lucy Whyte||Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter|
|Kelly Ann Woodland||Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter, News at Six relief anchor (East), East news gathering Editor|
|North region - Reporters and Correspondents are occasionally used across all three regions|
|Nicola Barron||Western Isles Correspondent|
|Louise Cowie||Tayside Broadcast Journalist||Regular Tayside opt presenter|
|Stefani Dailly||Tayside Broadcast Journalist||Occasional Sports presenter|
|Sharon Donaldson||Broadcast Journalist||Regular bulletin presenter, occasional News at Six relief anchor|
|Laura Goodwin||Broadcast Journalist||Regular bulletin presenter, occasional News at Six relief anchor (North/East regions)|
|Ross Govans||Broadcast Journalist||News Editor|
|Chris Harvey||Broadcast Journalist||Relief sports presenter (North/West regions), Occasional bulletin presenter|
|Mark Hirst||Orkney Reporter||Freelance|
|Alan Jenkins||Tayside Video Journalist|
|Hans J. Marter||Shetland Reporter||Freelance|
|Nicola McAlley||Highlands and Islands Correspondent|
|Shiona McCallum||Broadcast Journalist|
|Fiona McIlwraith||Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter|
|Steven McMenemy||Broadcast Journalist|
|Craig Millar||Tayside Broadcast Journalist||Tayside opt producer, occasional reporter|
|Susan Nicholson||Tayside Broadcast Journalist||Regular Tayside opt presenter|
|Cheryl Paul||Business/Industry Correspondent||Titled as Business/Industry Correspondent for Central region when needed|
|Lynne Rankin||Tayside Broadcast Journalist||Regular Tayside opt presenter|
|Anne Smith||Broadcast Journalist||Occasional bulletin presenter|
|Tyrone Smith||Sports Presenter|
|Rachel Stewart||Broadcast Journalist|
|Political Unit - The Political team is used across all three regions|
|Bernard Ponsonby||Political Editor|
|Claire Stewart||Political Correspondent||Video journalist|
|Harry Smith||Westminster Correspondent||Freelance|
|Weather Unit - The Weather team is used across all three regions|
|Seán Batty||Weather Presenter||Occasional Weather reporter (based in Glasgow)|
|Jo Farrow||Relief Weather Presenter||Freelance (based in Aberdeen)|
|Gail McGrane||Relief Weather Presenter||Freelance (based in Glasgow)|
The studios in which the news broadcasts from in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are fully automated, the cameras are controlled from the gallery, the only people in the studio are the presenters.
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