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STV announces changes to 6pm Glasgow and Edinburgh news

Scottish broadcaster STV has announced it's combining its 6pm Edinburgh and Glasgow news programmes from next week.

The new look STV News At Six, co-anchored from Edinburgh by Kelly-Ann Woodland and Glasgow by John MacKay, replaces the previously separate news programmes screened at 6pm across the two ends of the central belt from Monday 10th September 2018.

The new programme will however still contain opt-outs within the half hour show, allowing STV to screen different segments in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas. The presenters will then combine for a live interaction with STV weatherman Sean Batty, who will introduce forecasts for both east and west. Sports content will continue to be split, with presenters Paul Barnes in Edinburgh and Raman Bhardwaj in Glasgow.

The new format is similar to that already offered by some ITV regions, which offer a mix of pan-regional and sub-regional content within their 6pm shows, although unlike STV, parts of the ITV regional news shows are pre-recorded.

The changes follow announcements of job losses and restructuring within the Scottish broadcaster, which in June axed its second television channel, STV2.

STV Managing Director, Broadcast, Bobby Hain said: 
“We wanted to set a new standard for Scottish news and I’m confident our reinvigorated STV News at Six will do that. The dual presentation format will deliver the combined strength of our presenters and whole team of news journalists to bring a fresh, authoritative but friendly approach to our flagship news programme. STV News at Six will now include more original journalism, live commentary, interaction with viewers and of course, we’ll have complementary content on our social and online platforms.”

Viewers in the STV North region (ex-Grampian TV) will continue to enjoy STV News at Six broadcast from Aberdeen, with a bulletin for the Dundee and Tayside area.