Scotland Tonight

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

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


  • 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
  • 2013 Glasgow helicopter crash: 2 December 2013
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Johann Lamont: 25 February 2014
  • Europe Special: 2 April 2014, live from Brussels.
  • Death of Margo MacDonald: Friday 4 April 2014
  • Salmond & Darling: The Debate (reaction and analysis): Tuesday 5 August 2014
  • UK 2015 general election (reaction and analysis): Friday 8 May 2015
  • Europe Special: 25 June 2015, live from Brussels.
  • 5th Birthday Special: 24 October 2016.

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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