STV to pilot new local news scheme

STV are to pilot a new edition of STV News for east and west central Scotland.

 The Scottish broadcaster confirmed yesterday that they will pilot a separate edition of STV News at Six for east and west central Scotland. STV currently broadcasts two editions.


The new service will provide an additional daily, 30-minute dedicated news programme, produced and presented from Edinburgh and tailored to the news requirements of local viewers. Viewers will see relevant Scottish stories alongside additional local coverage, live reports and more localised sports news and weather forecasts.

The programme produced and presented in Glasgow will also have an increased focus on local stories relevant to west central Scotland. Viewers in the STV North licence area will continue to enjoy the current programme produced and presented from Aberdeen.

STV has told ATV Today that third programme may require a change of roles and responsibilities of staff already with STV. “The new model (if proven) will be based on new broadcasting technology and changes to existing newsgathering processes which would result in some changes to current roles and responsibilities. In this event, training and support would be provided to staff whose current responsibilities are subject to change.”

STV originally planned for an STV Newshour, which would have comprised of local and national news being presented by STV. An pilot was made, but not broadcast. ATV Today also asked STV about what happened to the proposal of the STV Newshour. “This is not in scope in the current regulatory framework, therefore, we have decided to pilot a different model which we believe will offer an enhanced service to our audiences and will enable us to leverage our investment in PSB content across platforms. Furthermore, the pilot proposal will meet audience demand for locally focused news services and is in line with the Government’s aspirations to develop a network of local television services.”