STV Glasgow launch date announced

31 March 2014

The new television channel for Glasgow, which is being delivered through a Glasgow Caledonian University/STV partnership, will launch on Monday, June 2 at 6.30pm.

STV Glasgow will broadcast from midday to midnight every day to a potential audience of two million people. Its programming will feature a mix of news and features, live and interactive formats and quality acquired and archive programming.

STV and GCU will work together to deliver peak-time content, news and current affairs programming, as well as magazine-style shows for Glasgow viewers.

The partnership offers students on GCU’s industry-leading undergraduate and postgraduate Multimedia Journalism programmes unrivalled access to work-experience opportunities for primetime broadcasts at STV Glasgow.

There will also be opportunities for GCU students to get involved in other aspects of the channel’s activities, such as marketing.

STV Glasgow will feature a daily two-hour magazine programme, The Riverside Show, live from Pacific Quay to two million viewers in the west of Scotland.

Ben McConville, head of the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Journalism, said: “The fantastic experience students enjoy at GCU just got even better. Building on our excellent industry links, students in Multimedia Journalism and from across the Glasgow School for Business and Society now have the opportunity to be part of this exciting new local TV station.”

Paul Hughes, channel editor for STV Glasgow, said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity to launch a brand new channel for Scotland’s largest city. We want to celebrate everything that’s great about Glasgow and reflect what is happening in this truly unique city each day.”

Ahead of the first broadcast, viewers will be asked to retune their televisions to pick up the Freeview signal for channel 26.

Ofcom announced the award of licences to STV for Glasgow and Edinburgh in January 2013.

GCU is unique in Scotland in that both its undergraduate and postgraduate Multimedia Journalism programmes have twin accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). GCU’s BA Media and Communication course is one of the longest-running and most highly regarded in Scotland. 

There has been continual investment in industry-standard equipment and facilities at GCU, including the state-of-the art HD TV studio and gallery, and an additional radio studio.