STV News

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STV News
STV News logo (2014 - ).png
Also known as 'STV News at Six,
STV News Tonight,
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 News at Six:
John MacKay (West)
Laura Miller (East)
Norman MacLeod (North)
Andrea Brymer (North)
News Tonight:
Halla Mohieddeen
Theme music composer Paul Leonard-Morgan[1]
Country of origin Scotland
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Gordon MacMillan
Production location(s) West edition:
Glasgow, Scotland
East edition:
Edinburgh, Scotland
North edition:
Aberdeen, Scotland
Editor(s) West/East:
Linda Grimes Douglas
Donald John MacDonald
News Tonight:
Simon Waldman
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,
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 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 and a pan-regional service for STV2.

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.

The company's international news programme, STV News Tonight, is produced in partnership with ITN. 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 regional news[edit]

Three separate editions of STV News at Six air on STV Central (West and East) and STV North each weeknight at 6 pm.

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 6:10 am, 7:10 am and 8:10 am 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 1:55 pm each weekday.
  • Late news bulletins for the North, East and West regions during Scotland Tonight (on air from 10:30 pm to 11 pm) 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.[4][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.

STV2 national news[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 were merged with new local TV services for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee in April 2017 to form STV2. News bulletins on the channel are now pan-regional at all times:

  • A rolling service of region-by-region bulletins and text news airs overnight from 2 am through until 9 am.
  • Short 2-minute bulletins air every hour from 9 am on weekdays.
  • STV News at One, a half-hour programme airs at 1 pm each weekday.
  • STV News at Six, a simulcast of the Edinburgh and East edition of the main STV programme.
  • STV News Tonight, a half-hour programme at 7 pm, offering Scottish, UK and international news, with reports from ITN's ITV News.
  • STV News at Ten, a half-hour programme airs at 10 pm each weeknight.
  • Short 5-minute bulletins air at 2 pm on weekends.
  • A half hour STV News Review airs at 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

STV News Tonight[edit]

In September 2016, it was announced that STV would launch a news programme combining Scottish, UK and international news coverage. STV News Tonight is produced and broadcast from Glasgow using STV's resources from across Scotland and the UK and international resources of ITN.[5] The half-hour programme, launched on Monday 24 April 2017, is presented by Halla Mohieddeen and airs every weeknight at 7 pm on STV2.[6]


On 16 May 2018, STV announced 59 redundancies, including 34 from its news division. STV2 will cease broadcasting at the end of June 2018,[7] affecting STV News Tonight and the station's national news service.[8]

On STV itself, the Edinburgh-based edition of STV News at Six will be axed and replaced with a ten-minute opt-out within a Central Scotland programme presented from Glasgow.[9] STV North's regional news services are not affected, although nine jobs - three journalists and six technical posts - will be lost at the company's Aberdeen studios.

The team[edit]

Main anchors[edit]

STV News at Six
STV region Anchor Roles
West John MacKay Scotland Tonight presenter
East Laura Miller STV News at Ten anchor (STV2)
North Norman MacLeod Occasional lunchtime/late presenter
Andrea Brymer Occasional lunchtime/late presenter
Susan Nicholson Main Tayside opt presenter
STV News Tonight Halla Mohieddeen

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. ^ ].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. ^ ].pdf "STV confirms launch of extra news programme and more localised bulletins" (PDF). STV Group plc. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "STV to launch integrated Scottish and international news show". STV News. STV. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Anchor of flagship STV News Tonight show announced". STV News. STV. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Glenday, John (16 May 2018). "Struggling STV 2 to be taken off air in online shift". The Drum. Retrieved 16 May 2018. 
  8. ^ On-air talent lead 'angry' STV staff to outdoor union meeting, BBC News, 16 May 2018
  9. ^ Union to ballot over industrial action as almost 60 journalism jobs set to go, Hold the Front Page, 17 May 2018

External links[edit]

Preceded by
RTS Scotland Awards
News Coverage: Clutha Helicopter Crash

Succeeded by