Scotland Tonight

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Scotland Tonight
Scotland Tonight.jpg
Genre News, current affairs
Directed by John Mason
Laura Trimble
Presented by John MacKay (Mon/Tue),
Rona Dougall (Wed/Thu)
Theme music composer Rage Music
Country of origin Scotland
Executive producer(s) Howard Simpson
Producer(s) Carole Erskine
Stephen Townsend
Location(s) Glasgow/Edinburgh/Aberdeen
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) STV News
Original channel STV
STV Edinburgh
STV Glasgow
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24) – present
Preceded by Politics Now (Thursdays)
Related shows STV News at Six
External links

Scotland Tonight is a Scottish news and current affairs programme, covering the two STV franchise areas of Northern and Central Scotland, produced by STV News. The programme is presented by STV News at Six West anchor John MacKay on Mondays & Tuesdays and former Sky News Scotland correspondent Rona Dougall on Wednesdays & Thursday.


The half-hour programme, which launched on Monday 24 October 2011, replacing the former STV political programme Politics Now. Scotland today airs at 22:30 on Monday - Thursday nights and features reports, interviews & analysis on the Scottish national news of the day alongside coverage of politics, business, sport and the arts & entertainment.[1][2]

Scotland Tonight is broadcast across both STV regions (North & Central) and incorporates late news bulletins for Glasgow & West Central Scotland, Edinburgh, Fife & the Lothians and the STV North region. Separate late bulletins for the three regions also air after ITV News at Ten on Friday nights. The programme is broadcast from studio 1 at STV's Glasgow studios, sharing the studio with the West edition of STV News at Six.

Claire Stewart, Bernard Ponsonby, Colin Mackay and Aasmah Mir have each presented on occasion.

The programme in simulcast on STV city channels STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.


  • Rangers - The Downfall: 14 June 2012
  • Independence Referendum: Edinburgh Agreement: 15 October 2012
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Michael Moore: 16 May 2013
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Anas Sarwar: 5 September 2013
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Alistair Carmichael: 27 November 2013
  • Referendum Interactive Debate: 29 November 2013
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Johann Lamont: 25 February 2014
  • Europe Special: 2 April 2014, live from Brussels.

Special extend programmes are also held for any Scottish By-election, presented by Bernard Ponsonby.


  1. ^ "Scotland Tonight: STV launches new nightly news and current affairs programme". 25 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Scotland Tonight: STV launches new current affairs programme". 19 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 

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