The overnight election programme hosted by Bernard Ponsonby, Halla Mohieddeen and Rona Dougall will begin broadcasting at 2155 on Thursday 8th June and as the polls close at 2200 STV will have the results of a UK wide exit poll, commissioned by ITV, BBC and Sky.
Throughout the night, the presenters will be joined in the studio by panels of senior politicians, opinion formers and expert commentators and STV journalists will be reporting the latest results from count centres across Scotland, from Kirkwall to Dumfries. Working with ITV News, STV will also bring viewers all the key developments from across the UK.
The live, overnight programme will be simulcast on STV2.
Throughout the election campaign, STV2 will feature live face-to-face interviews with the Scottish party leaders in the run up to the vote. The interviews will broadcast live at 2030 on STV2, and will also be shown on Scotland Tonight that evening, with Bernard Ponsonby speaking to –
- Patrick Harvie MSP of the Scottish Greens and UKIP’s David Coburn MEP on Monday 22nd May;
- Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP on Tuesday 23rd May;
- Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP on Tuesday 30th May;
- leader of the Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale MSP on Thursday 1st June;
- and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP on Tuesday 6th June.
STV’s extensive coverage will include news reports from Holyrood editor, Colin Mackay, and all the latest UK and Scottish updates on STV2’s STV News Tonight with Halla Mohieddeen, plus in-depth analysis each weeknight on Scotland Tonight in the run up to the polls opening on Thursday 8th June. On Friday 9th June, John MacKay will be live from Westminster with the STV News at Six and reports for STV News Tonight at 1900.
STV’s programming includes a live TV debate with the leaders of four Scottish parties. Scotland Debates will be chaired by Bernard Ponsonby and broadcast live from the Tramway theatre in Glasgow on Wednesday 24th May between 2030 and 2200, in front of an audience of 150 comprising a representative sample of the Scottish electorate. The debate format will include questions from the audience to the politicians, and an opportunity for the party leaders to cross examine each other. Viewers will have another opportunity to watch the debate from 2230 when Scotland Debates is shown again on STV2.
All content will be streamed live on a wide range of platforms via the STV Player, including iPhones and iPads, Android tablets and smartphones, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Samsung Smart TVs, YouView set-top boxes, Xbox 360 consoles, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire tablets, Freeview Play devices, Roku, NOW TV and via player.stv.tv. The debates and face-to-face interviews will also be available for catch-up on the STV Player.
STV is also broadcasting a series of Tonight specials, produced by ITN, that put a spotlight on the political figures who are the key players in the General Election 2015. On Thursday 25th May, Julie Etchingham will interview Prime Minister Theresa May and on Monday 5th June the programme will feature Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
STV will also air The ITV Leaders’ Debate on Thursday 18th May at 2000.
STV’s election coverage will be supported with comprehensive online coverage in the lead up to the election, including Facebook Lives, a live blog and up to the minute results and reaction overnight on Thursday 8th June.
Gordon Macmillan, STV’s head of news, said: “We look forward to bringing our viewers all the latest news, opinions and analysis in the run up to the General Election. Our content offers viewers a wide choice of programmes, including a live debate on the 24th May that will give audience members a chance to question the leaders of the main Scottish parties, and our live face-to-face interviews with the party leaders that will give viewers the opportunity to learn more about the issues that matter to them.”
For further information, please contact the STV press office:-
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