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STV News at Six
Also known as STV News,
STV News Review
Genre Regional News
Presented by Central edition:
John MacKay
(Main anchor)

North edition:
Norman Macleod
(Main anchor, Mon-Wed)
Andrea Brymer
(Main anchor, Thu-Fri)
Country of origin  Scotland
Producer(s) STV Central,
STV North
Running time STV News at Six:
30 minutes
STV News:
Durations vary
Original channel STV
Original run 23 March 2009 – Present
Related shows STV Sports Centre,
Politics Now,
The Real MacKay

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 and North Tonight services - both regions continue to receive separate programmes.

The two programmes are produced from studios in Glasgow (Central edition) and Aberdeen (North edition) with reporters also based at studios in Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness, with political correspondents based at Holyrood and Westminster. Freelance correspondents and camera crews are based on the Orkney and Shetland Isles, in Stornoway, Wick and Fort William.


On air

STV News at Six airs on STV Central and STV North each weeknight at 6:00pm.

The main evening programmes are supplemented by shorter STV News bulletins every day. 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 follows the ITV News at Ten from Monday to Friday at 10:30pm. The bulletin airs for around ten minutes. STV News also airs short early evening bulletins on Saturdays and Sundays.

STV News bulletins are not transmitted during GMTV - separate breakfast bulletins for GMTV viewers in Northern and Central Scotland are provided by Macmillan Media.[1]


Sub-regional bulletins

On January 8, 2007, the former Scotland Today and North Tonight programmes launched sub-regional news bulletins, airing at 6:10pm each weeknight.

Viewers in the west and the east of central Scotland each receive a dedicated bulletin within the main 6pm programme reporting on what is happening in the communities. In the Central region, STV News West covers from Tobermory to Falkirk, with the presenter based in the main studio in Glasgow. Meanwhile, STV News East covers the area from Anstruther to Dunbar and is presented and produced at STV's Edinburgh studios. The East opt-out is directed from a technical gallery in Glasgow.

In the North, viewers in the Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and north-east Fife area get a dedicated STV News Tayside bulletin, 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.

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 on most weeks by either Joanne Bonnar or Laura Miller.

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.

Proposals for hour-long programme

On 17 September 2009, STV announced proposals to extend STV News at Six to one hour, to incorporate national and international news from ITN and replacing the national ITV News at 6:30.

The company says that under the plans, the current sub-regional opts for East & West Central Scotland, Tayside & North East Fife and North East Scotland would be extended to ten minutes length with a new opt-out introduced for the Highlands and Islands. A bulletin for the Scottish Borders is also planned, pending on agreement with ITV plc, the owners of ITV Tyne Tees and Border, which currently serves the area.[2]

It was also reported that should the proposals be approved by the broadcasting regulator OFCOM and if the company is successful in receiving public subsidy to fund news output, the hour-long programme would be presented from STV's studios in Glasgow across both current STV regions, signalling the end of standalone news services for Central Scotland from Glasgow and for North and North East Scotland from Aberdeen.[3][4]

STV has submitted the plan to OFCOM as part of a consortium with ITN, Bauer Radio stations in Scotland and Trinity Mirror bidding for an Independently Funded News Consortia pilot. The winning bid is expected to be announced on 25 March 2010.

The team

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

Main anchors

Central edition

North edition

Local newsreaders

Central edition



North edition

North East, Highlands and Islands

Tayside and North East Fife

Sports presenters/Correspondents

Central edition

North edition

Weather presenters

  • Jean Johansson (relief)

N.B. Weather presenters are shared in both regions.


Central edition

North edition

Political Unit

  • Harry Smith (Westminster Correspondent)
  • David Torrance (freelance)

N.B. The political unit reports for both regions.

Production Team

Head of News
Gordon McMillian

Central edition

Howard Simpson

Lesley Colquhoun Banks
Linda Grimes Douglas
Gordon McDougall
Clair Stevens (also Newsgathering)

Assistant Producers
Alison MacGregor
Heather Simpson

Studio Directors
John Mason
Laura Trimble

News Organiser
Tom Lowe

Forward Planning Editor
Ken Bryson

Production Journalists
Jennifer Harrild
Cara Berkley

News Operations Manager
Sam Dornan

Resources Coordinator

Gallery P.A.
Laura Trimble (also Studio Director)
Laura Baird
Mandy McAveety

Satellite Truck Operators
Alex Leigh
Iain Soutar

Sound Engineer
Scott Camlin (freelance)

Craft Editor
Martin Ketterer

Graphic Designer
Richard Groundsell

Online Production Team
John Kilbride (producer)
Matt Roper (editor)

Camera Operators

Fraser Cleland
Matt Donnelly
Michael Hunter
Steve Kydd
Ross Leary
Danny Livingstone

Neil McLaren
Colin McLean
Iain McLean
Colin Matheson
Jennifer Wilson

North edition

Chief Editor
Donald John McDonald (also news/programme editor)

News/Programme Editors
Rachel Innes
David McKeith

Forward Planning Editor
Jill Mowat

Studio Directors
Michael Armstrong
Ian Williamson

Production Journalists
Louise Steel
Lynsey Mcintosh

Resources Supervisor
Bill Shand (also Tayside opt director)

Camera Operators
Alistair Watt (senior operator, Aberdeen)
Pat Duffy (Aberdeen)
Peter Steele (Aberdeen)
Palvinder Jagpal (Dundee)
Alisdair Macpherson (Inverness)
Terry Farquharson (freelance)
Mike Skelly (Western Isles)

Sound Engineers
Ruaraidh Macleod
Les Taylor

Graphic Designer
George Denoon

Online video blogs

The Real MacKay is a supplementary video blog for the Central Scotland edition. The blog is presented and produced by John MacKay, the chief anchor for STV News in the Central region, and a new episode is produced on a regular basis from STV's headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

The first blog was produced on Monday June 4 2007, and as of January 27th 2010, 518 episodes have been made available.

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. ^ "Macmillan Media". Macmillan Media homepage. July, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  2. ^ STV to drop ITV1 6.30pm news,, 17 September 2009
  3. ^ Major changes in pipeline at STV, BBC News, 17 September 2009
  4. ^ STV to drop standalone north of Scotland news show,, 23 September 2009

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