STV announces election programming

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15 November 2019
STV today (15 November) confirms its political programming in the run up to the General Election.  Across on-air and digital, STV’s news and current affairs team will deliver comprehensive coverage and up-to-the-minute updates across a live debate, leader interviews, through-the-night results programming, analysis and special reports.
The on-air schedule features the following:
The STV Leaders’ Debate – Tuesday, 3 December 8pm
STV’s Political Editor Colin Mackay will chair a one-hour live debate between Scottish leaders of the SNP, Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. In addition to direct questions from the chair, the format will include rounds of cross examination which will see leaders question each other directly.   
Scotland Tonight Leader Interviews – Monday to Thursday, 10.40pm
In the second half of the election campaign, STV’s Political Editor Colin Mackay will conduct extended interviews with Scottish party leaders, including the Brexit Party and Scottish Greens.
General Election Night - Thursday 12 December
Special Correspondent Bernard Ponsonby will anchor an overnight election results programme beginning at 9.55pm on Thursday 12 December and running continuously until 6am on Friday 13 December.   STV journalists will report from count centres across Scotland and, working with ITN, will bring viewers key developments from across the UK. Throughout the night, Bernard will be joined in the studio by expert election analyst Professor Rob Johns and rotating panels of senior politicians.  A range of political commentators and former party advisers will also offer their views as the results narrative unfolds.  
STV News at Six, Scotland’s most watched news programme, will continue to bring viewers the fast moving political stories of the day each evening at 6pm.
Over on STV’s websites, apps and social media channels, STV News teams across the country will provide detailed and up-to-the-minute reporting throughout the campaign. Regular special reports will feature online from Political Editor Colin Mackay, Special Correspondent Bernard Ponsonby, Westminster Correspondent Kathryn Samson and analyst Professor Rob Johns. On election night, there will be comprehensive rolling reporting including a live blog covering every key development as the story – and the country's future direction – unfolds.
Bobby Hain, MD, Broadcast at STV, said: “Interest in politics and the future of our country is at a peak and we are putting our full current affairs resource of talented journalists and production crews behind comprehensive coverage and in depth analysis ahead of the big day on 12 December.
“As a public service broadcaster, news and current affairs reporting is in our DNA and to us it’s not just a requirement, it’s a passion. And it’s one that viewers are clearly enjoying.  Ratings for our flagship news show STV News at Six are up 14% in the last two years alone and Ofcom’s latest Nations Report confirmed STV is Scotland’s most-used source for people looking for news about their nation. Our nightly Scotland Tonight strand will move into peak once a week from the New Year, further cementing its reputation as the country’s go-to destination for current affairs.”
Last month marked the eight-year anniversary of Scotland Tonight, the most watched Scottish current affairs TV programme.
For more information, please contact Kirstin Stevenson on 07803 970106 or email