STV Glasgow launches tonight

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STV Glasgow will launch tonight at 1830 with flagship programme, The Riverside Show, featuring live broadcasts from the West End Festival, a performance from Glasgow band The Shiverin’ Sheiks and a celebrity chef who runs LA restaurant ‘The Gorbals’. 
The first show also includes a feature from new weather presenter Storm Huntley who has been to Rio ahead of the World Cup to learn about Tom Donohoe, the Glaswegian who introduced football to Brazil. The Riverside Show is the first programme to be broadcast on new city TV channel, STV Glasgow, and will be followed by brand new sports show, Peter and Roughie’s Football Show. Original STV Glasgow formats, My Life in Ten Pictures and The Blether, will also air on the channel tonight.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “STV is Scotland’s leading media brand and through our channel 3 licences we have unrivalled consumer reach. City TV is a welcome addition to our portfolio of services and we believe we are in a strong position to deliver this new service for Scotland’s largest city, and for the capital when we launch STV Edinburgh later this year. Both these cities have a unique identity and this will be reflected in their new city TV channels.”
Paul Hughes, channel editor, said: “STV Glasgow will provide a unique platform for a diverse range of programming including our daily, live and interactive magazine show. The brand new channel will go live tonight at 1830 with a mixture of new, original formats and popular archive programmes.
“A city TV channel dedicated to Glasgow gives us the ability to deliver content that is locally relevant and we look forward to bringing viewers an engaging mix of news, innovative formants and classic gems from the STV archive.”
Original format My Life in Ten Pictures will broadcast on launch night with an in-depth interview with Lord Sir Willie Haughey OBE. The new format invites guests to share 10 photos that reflect their life and discuss the pictures with the interviewer.
Further launch week programmes include The Blether with Phil Differ and Raymond Mearns, Glasgow’s Murder Mysteries, a co-production with BBC Alba, and feature film The Decoy Bride, starring David Tennent.
STV Glasgow will begin broadcasting at 1830 on Monday 2nd June to 2 million viewers in the west of Scotland on Freeview channel 23, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159. The new channel will also be available to watch live online via the STV Player.
The new channel will complement STV’s current portfolio of locally focused services on air, online and on mobile including the recently launched City Apps, which provide all the latest news, events, offers, pictures and videos for consumers in Scotland’s biggest cities.
Ofcom announced the award of licences to STV for Glasgow and Edinburgh in January 2013. STV Glasgow will be delivered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University, offering students the opportunity to work in a live television environment.
Image: The Riverside Show presenters l-r: Colin Stone, Jennifer Reoch, Storm Huntly and David Farrell
For further information, please contact the STV press office:-
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654