STV News at Six

STV News at Six
STV News at Six

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Also known as STV News,
STV News Review
Genre Regional News
Directed by West edition:
John Mason,
Laura Trimble
East edition:
Keith Samuel,
Alasadir Murray
North edition:
Michael Armstrong,
Ian Williamson
Presented by West edition:
John MacKay
East edition:
Juliet Dunlop
North edition:
Norman Macleod/
Andrea Brymer
Theme music composer Paul Leonard-Morgan[1]
Country of origin Scotland, UK
Language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Gordon McMillan
Editor(s) Central region:
Howard Simpson
North region:
Donald John McDonald
Location(s) West edition:
Glasgow, Scotland
East edition:
Edinburgh, Scotland
North edition:
Aberdeen, Scotland
Running time STV News at Six:
30 minutes;
STV News:
Durations vary
Production company(s) STV Central,
STV North
Original channel STV
Original run March 23, 2009 (2009-03-23) – present
Preceded by Scotland Today
North Tonight
Related shows Scotland Tonight,
The Real MacKay
External links

STV News at Six is a Scottish regional news programme, covering the two STV franchise areas of Northern and Central Scotland, produced by STV Central (formerly Scottish Television) in the Central region and STV North (formerly Grampian Television) in the Northern region.

The programmes were launched on Monday 23 March 2009, replacing Scotland Today in Central Scotland and North Tonight in Northern Scotland. As of Monday 23 May 2011, three separate editions of STV News at Six are produced each weekday for the East & West of the Central region and for the entire North region (including an opt-out service for Tayside and North East Fife).

The three programmes are produced from studios in Glasgow (West edition), Edinburgh (East edition) and Aberdeen (North edition) with reporters also based at studios in Dundee & 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, STV News also produces some non-news programming including current affairs (Scotland Tonight), sport (STV Rugby) and one-off feature specials & documentaries.


On air

STV News at Six airs on STV Central (West & East) and STV North each weeknight at 6:00pm.

The main evening programmes are supplemented by shorter STV News bulletins seven days a week. On weekdays, the lunchtime bulletin follows on from the ITV News at 1:30, giving a six minute round-up of the days developments at 1:55pm. The late night bulletin is incorporated into Scotland Tonight on Monday - Thursday nights at 10:30pm with a separate bulletin also airing on Friday after the ITV News at Ten. STV News also airs short early evening bulletins on Saturdays and Sundays. Short bulletins taken from the main 6pm programme also air on Tuesday - Saturday mornings during The Nightshift.

Lunchtime and weekend bulletins in the Central region are broadcast across both the West and East sub-regions while the North region receives its own lunchtime, late night and weekend bulletins. All 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 News website.

STV News bulletins are not transmitted during Daybreak (ITV Breakfast) - separate Daybreak Scotland bulletins for viewers in Northern and Central Scotland are provided by Macmillan Media.[2]

On 25 August 2011, STV announced plans to introduce a 30-minute current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight, on Monday - Thursday nights at 10:30pm. The pan-regional programme, incorporating late news bulletins for STV's North, West and East regions, began on Monday 24 October 2011, and is presented on alternate nights by John MacKay and Rona Dougall.[3]

Sub-regional bulletins

On 8 January 2007, the former Scotland Today and North Tonight programmes launched sub-regional news bulletins.

In the North, viewers in the Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and north-east Fife area receive a 5-minute STV News Tayside bulletin, within the main 6pm programme - presented & 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 areas in STV News North, broadcast from the main studio in Aberdeen. Separate weather forecasts for both areas are also broadcast after the ITV News at Ten on weeknights.

Previously in the Central region,[4][5] viewers in both the West and East areas received 5-minute bulletins within the main 6pm 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.

On 18 January 2011, STV announced plans to split the Central Scotland edition of STV News at Six into two full-length programmes for the East and West sub-regions, presented and produced locally.[6] The new programme was due to launch on Monday 16 May 2011[7] but was later delayed until Monday 23 May 2011. Initially launched as a six-month pilot, the East service was made permanent in October 2011.[8] The two programmes are supplemented by separate late night bulletins.[9]

STV News Review

STV News Review, a short weekly programme reviewing the week's main stories on both STV News services is broadcast directly after the Sunday evening bulletin, signed for the deaf and hard of hearing by on-screen BSL interpreters.

In the Central region, the programme is signed by Morag Donnelly and Avril Hepner (on a rotating basis). The programme is produced by one of the production journalists in the Glasgow newsroom.

In the North region, the programme is signed by either Bert Smale, John Gill or Elaine Campbell from the Aberdeen Deaf Society. The programme is narrated and produced on most weeks by Andrea Brymer.

The team

Currently, the STV News on-air team consists of the following:

Main anchors

West edition

East edition

  • Juliet Dunlop

North edition

  • Norman Macleod (Monday - Tuesday, alternate Wednesday)
  • Andrea Brymer (Alternate Wednesday, Thursday - Friday)


Online video blogs

The Real MacKay is a supplementary video blog for the West Central Scotland edition. The blog is presented and produced by John MacKay, with new episodes produced on a regular basis from STV's headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. The first blog was produced on June 4, 2007 (2007-06-04), and as of July 3, 2011 (2011-07-03), 593 episodes have been made available.

The Real MacKay takes a mostly light-hearted daily look behind-the-scenes at the Central edition of STV News at Six and includes interviews with reporters & production staff. Occasionally, the blog is presented by other STV News staff including Gordon Chree and Karen Greenshields. Former Scotland Today anchor Stephen Jardine was also a regular presenter of Not the Real MacKay blogs. A spin-off series, White Not MacKay was produced from January 2008 to May 2009 and presented by former STV News presenter Louise White.

A video blog for the Northern Scotland edition, Northern Exposure, was presented and produced by Norman Macleod, Andrea Brymer, Kirstin Gove, Chris Harvey and Louise Steel from STV North's studios in West Tullos, Aberdeen between 19th June 2007 and 30th June 2009.


  1. ^ "Glasgow-based composer goes from STV to Limitless possibilities". 5 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Macmillan Media". Macmillan Media homepage. July, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Scotland Tonight: STV launches new nightly news and current affairs programme". 25 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  4. ^ [final.pdf "STV confirms launch of extra news programme and more localised bulletin"]. STV plc. 18 January, 2011.[final].pdf. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Here is the news from Edinburgh: STV to produce UK’s most local news service". STV News. 18 January, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  6. ^ [final.pdf "STV confirms launch of extra news programme and more localised bulletin"]. STV plc. 18 January, 2011.[final].pdf. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  7. ^ "May 16 Launch for STV News Pilot for Edinburgh". All Media Scotland. 20 April, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  8. ^ "STV News - the most comprehensive local news service in the UK". STV Group plc. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Here is the news from Edinburgh: STV to produce UK’s most local news service". STV News. 18 January, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 

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