STV News

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STV News
STV News logo (2014 - ).png
Also known as 'STV News at Six,
STV News at Eight,
STV News at Ten,
Good Morning Scotland'
Genre Regional News
Directed by West edition:
John Mason,
Laura Trimble
East edition:
Keith Samuel,
Alasadir Murray
North edition:
Ruaraidh MacLeod,
Ian Williamson
Presented by West edition:
John MacKay
East edition:
Laura Miller/
Lucy Whyte
North edition:
Norman MacLeod/
Andrea Brymer
Morning Edition:
Kelly Ann Woodland
Theme music composer Paul Leonard-Morgan[1]
Country of origin Scotland
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Gordon MacMillan
Location(s) West edition:
Glasgow, Scotland
East edition:
Edinburgh, Scotland
North edition:
Aberdeen, Scotland
Editor(s) Central region:
Linda Grimes Douglas
North region:
Donald John MacDonald
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time STV News at Six:
30 minutes;
STV News:
Durations vary
Production company(s) STV Central,
STV North
Original network STV,
STV Edinburgh,
STV Glasgow
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Original release 23 March 2009 (2009-03-23) – present
Preceded by Scotland Today
North Tonight
Related shows Scotland Tonight
External links
STV News website

STV News is a Scottish regional news service produced by STV. The news department produces four regional services covering STV's two Channel 3 franchise areas of Northern and Central Scotland. Additional bulletins also air on local TV channels STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.

STV's news programmes are produced from studios in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen with reporters also based at newsrooms 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.

In addition to its daily bulletins and online services, STV News also produces some non-news programming including current affairs (Scotland Tonight), one-off feature specials and documentaries.

On air[edit]

STV North, East and West[edit]

Three separate editions of STV News at Six air 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:

  • Good Morning Scotland (not to be confused with the BBC Radio Scotland programme of the same name) updates for the North and Central regions during Good Morning Britain at around 6:10am, 7:10am and 8:10am each weekday. Broadcast from Glasgow, viewers in the North region receive a pre-recorded bulletin - recorded shortly before broadcast.
  • Lunchtime bulletins for the North and Central regions at 1:55pm each weekday.
  • Headline updates for the North, East and West regions at 8pm each weeknight (except when primetime football matches are being broadcast by STV).
  • Late news bulletins for the North, East and West regions during Scotland Tonight (on air from 10.30pm to 11pm) on Monday to Thursday; and after ITV News at Ten on Fridays.
  • Weekend bulletins, broadcast across all regions from Glasgow - one on Saturday evenings, one on Sunday evenings.

In the North, viewers in Tayside and north east Fife receive a separate 5-minute bulletin during the main STV News at Six each weeknight, 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.

Previously in the Central region,[2][3] viewers in the West and East areas received 5-minute bulletins within the main evening 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. The full-length separate STV News at Six programmes for the two areas were launched on Monday 23 May 2011.[2][3]

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 Player website.

STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh[edit]

On Monday 2 June 2014, a secondary news service, STV Glasgow News, was launched as part of the local television channel STV Glasgow. This was followed by the launch of a news service for STV Edinburgh on Monday 12 January.

Both channels previously produced their own bespoke bulletins at 10pm, as well as joint bulletins throughout the day - however since 2016, all bulletins (except STV News at Six) are pan-regional across both channels.

  • A rolling service of short updates (from the Glasgow newsroom) and text news airs from midday until 2.00pm every day.
  • Short 5-minute bulletins air every hour from 3pm on weekdays.
  • STV News at Eight, a local half-hour programme airs weeknights at 8pm, separate editions for each city.
  • STV News at Ten, an in-depth half-hour programme airs at 10pm each weeknight, pan-regional across both channels.
  • Short 5-minute bulletins air at 2pm on weekends.
  • A half hour STV News Review airs at 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Both channels also simulcast their respective local editions of STV News at Six.

STV News Tonight[edit]

In September 2016, it was announced that STV is to launch a news programme bringing together Scottish, UK and international news coverage for the first time. "STV News Tonight" will be produced and broadcast from Glasgow using STV's resources from across Scotland and ITV's international and UK news resources. It is the first time all news coverage relevant to Scottish viewers - from Scottish to UK and international - has been brought together in a single programme each week night.[4]

STV News Tonight will be the flagship news programme on STV's expanding city network. In addition to Glasgow and Edinburgh, 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, presented by Halla Mohieddeen, will air on every week night at 7pm on STV2 and streamed live on the STV Player.[5]

The team[edit]

Main anchors[edit]

STV News at Six
STV region Anchor Roles
West John MacKay Scotland Tonight presenter
East Laura Miller Maternity leave
Lucy Whyte Maternity cover
North Norman MacLeod Occasional lunchtime/late presenter
Andrea Brymer Occasional lunchtime/late presenter
Susan Nicholson Main Tayside opt presenter

The studios in which the news broadcasts from in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow are fully automated, the cameras are controlled from the gallery, the only people in the studio are the presenters.


  1. ^ "Glasgow-based composer goes from STV to Limitless possibilities". STV Entertainment. STV. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b ].pdf "STV confirms launch of extra news programme and more localised bulletins" (PDF). STV Group plc. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Here is the news from Edinburgh: STV to produce UK's most local news service". STV News. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "STV to launch integrated Scottish and international news show". STV News. STV. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Anchor of flagship STV News Tonight show announced". STV News. STV. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
RTS Scotland Awards
News Coverage: Clutha Helicopter Crash

Succeeded by