Scotland Tonight breaks for summer

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STV’s popular current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight, is taking a summer break after Thursday 27th June, but the team returns in August with a brand new line-up of live guests, engaging discussions and debates around the 2014 referendum.

Scotland Tonight, presented by John MacKay and Rona Dougall, has established itself as the country's most watched and relevant current affairs programme. 

In May, Scotland Tonight showed the first major TV debate on the Scottish independence referendum, between Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore. The heated debate was the first in a series of live, head-to-head Scotland Tonight Referendum Special programmes examining key issues in the independence debate.

Since the start of the year, Scotland Tonight has attracted a host of high profile guests from the world of politics and entertainment, including Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon interviewing Sidse Babett Knudsen from the hit TV series Borgen. The team has also provided in-depth and exclusive coverage on all the major issues in Scotland including a studio interview with then Rangers Chief Executive Charles Green, a special programme on Hearts going into administration and the only TV debate for candidates in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

Scotland Tonight will return to screens in August with more dedicated coverage of all the big issues in its usual 10.30pm slot, daily from Monday to Thursday. The Scotland Tonight Referendum Special debates will continue with Scotland’s biggest political players answering burning questions about the economics of independence, along with analysis from political experts and audience interaction via social media.

Scotland Tonight regularly reaches over 430,000 viewers across Scotland each week. The programme’s Twitter account (@ScotlandTonight) has over 13,000 followers and averages around 1,400 tweets a week.

Gordon Macmillan, Head of News at STV, said: “Strong viewing figures and positive feedback show Scotland Tonight is the most popular Scottish current affairs programme, connecting with people across Scotland on the issues that matter to them.

Scotland Tonight’s modern style and varied subject matter make it unique among current affairs programmes and we give viewers the opportunity to hear arguments from both sides of the discussion in the lead-up to the big events. 

“We look forward to returning with more in-depth analysis, discussion and debate after the summer, including providing a platform for debate around all the key issues of the 2014 referendum.”

Scotland Tonight is live on Thursday 27 June at 10.30pm before taking a summer break. The programme returns on Monday 12 August at 10.30pm.     


For further information, please contact the STV press office: 

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654  

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143