Cookie policy

This Cookie Policy applies to our website (, regardless of the platform you use to access it.
In this policy, we explain what cookies are, the types of cookies used on our website, what they are used for and how you can manage and control cookies.  If you provide personal data to us, such as your name, address, email address or information that allows us to identify the device you are using, we will use it in accordance with our Privacy Notice which is available on our website.
Please note that we update our Cookie Policy from time to time, so please take a fresh read through every so often. If we make significant changes, we will make that clear on our website or by some other means of contact such as email.
Our website is owned and operated by STV Group plc, a company registered in Scotland with company number SC203873 and having its registered office at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1PQ.
  1. What are cookies?
  2. When are cookies used?
  3. What cookies are used on our website?
  4. Managing cookies on our website
  5. Your consent to the use of cookie on our website
  6. Finding out more
  1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the website on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things specific to you such as personalised details and preferences.
  1. When are cookies used?
Cookies are used to improve the operation of our website and to make your visits to, and use of, our website straightforward, efficient and enjoyable.
  1. What cookies are used on our website? 
On our website, we use embedded content from Third Party Websites.  These are as follows:
Name of Cookie Purpose
NID Most Google users will have a preference cookie ‘NID’ in their browsers. A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The NID cookie contains a unique ID, which Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.
PHPSEISSD and www_pyrocms To store the logged in user's username and a 128bit encrypted key. This information is required to allow a user to stay logged in to a web site without needing to submit their username and password for each page visited. Without this cookie, a user is unable to proceed to areas of the web site that require authenticated access.  It does not contain personal information and expires as soon as you close the browser.
_utma,_utmb,_utmc,_utmt,_utm They are Google Analytic cookies, which track visitor information for each visit and for returning visits.  For example: whether the visitor came from a search engine, a link, or from no previous page,  the amount of visits (for each visitor), the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit and how fast people leave, when a visit starts and, approximately, ends.
  1. Managing cookies on our website 
Your browser will contain settings which enable you to control how, and to what extent, your device permits the use of cookies in your browser settings.
To find out more about cookies, visit
  1. Your consent to the use of cookies on our website 
The cookies that our website uses will, for the purposes set out in this policy and, subject to your browser settings, be stored in the memory of the device that you use to visit our website.  By accessing our website, you agree to our placing cookies on your device in accordance with this policy.
  1. Finding out more 
If you are still struggling with cookies or want additional information about cookies used on this website, feel free to contact us at
Last updated: 10 July 2018