STV to place current affairs show, Scotland Tonight, in peak

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Scotland Tonight will move into peak time one day a week starting in the New Year, as STV’s popular programme further cements its reputation as the country’s go-to destination for current affairs.
The show airs at 10.40pm on Monday to Thursday but from January 2020 onwards the Thursday programme will move into a regular 7.30pm slot.
Scotland Tonight will continue to be fronted by John MacKay and Rona Dougall, with STV’s experienced team of reporters bringing depth and context to the fast-moving stories of the day. 
This week marks the show’s eight-year anniversary and the team are delighted Scotland Tonight is the most watched Scottish current affairs TV programme.*
Bobby Hain, Managing Director, Broadcast at STV, said:
“There’s never been a better or more relevant time to put a current affairs show into prime time.  Scotland Tonight is so much more than a politics show - it’s current affairs in its widest sense, covering business, art, culture, sport and much more.  We very much hope that this high profile slot will become appointment-to-view television on a Thursday evening.
“We’ve seen unprecedented interest in current affairs across the country, with Brexit dominating headlines everywhere.  And whilst the news agenda undoubtedly contributes to the success of the show, the talent, energy and commitment from the journalists in our newsroom and the brilliant input from our contributors are key to the programme’s success.
“Having quickly become established as the most watched Scottish current affairs series, it’s been important to constantly evolve and innovate to ensure we’re always relevant for our audience.  As we seek to widen the appeal of the show even further, we’re delighted to move one episode per week into a deserved place in primetime.”
Scotland Tonight has been broadcast in peak on two occasions to date, when the news agenda demanded additional scrutiny, and proved to be successful in ratings terms.
While the regular peak slot starts in January, STV will move the programme into peak on a case-by-case basis through the rest of this year.
For more information, please contact Kirstin Stevenson on 0141 300 3886 or email
Notes to Editors
*Source: BARB Jan-Jun 2019, individuals, based on biggest weekly reach of any current affairs programme made in Scotland