Graduate lands reporter job on new STV channel

09 May 2014

Colin will join the The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow

Colin will join the The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow

Glasgow Caledonian University graduate Colin Stone has landed a reporter job with the city’s new flagship TV channel, STV Glasgow.

Just a year after graduating from GCU, Colin will leave his post at YOUR Radio in Clydebank to join the team at The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow alongside former Clyde 1 DJ David Farrell, who is leaving behind his radio name Romeo, and former Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch and weather presenter Storm Huntley.

The two-hour magazine style show, a mix of news and features, will celebrate life in Glasgow. Colin will be tasked with finding stories as a roving reporter, bringing live broadcasts into the living rooms of a potential audience of two million viewers in the west of Scotland as well as producing archive pieces.

Colin, who completed his BA in Multimedia Journalism in 2013, is looking forward to working with his co-stars and is bracing himself for the challenges ahead.

He said: “I will be the one out and about as a roving reporter, sourcing the best stories and focusing on the city and the wider area, its history and the people behind Glasgow and the west – those who make it such a vibrant place. There is a real appetite for local news and stories which people can relate to.”

Originally from John O'Groats in Caithness, Colin has made Glasgow his home and credits GCU for his big break in the industry: He said: “The course is head and shoulders above other programmes as it is accredited by the two main journalism professional training bodies in the UK: the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

“If it wasn’t for Glasgow Caledonian University, the work experience and encouragement I received, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to work for STV Glasgow.”

Senior Lecturer in Journalism within the Glasgow School for Business and Society Julian Calvert, said: “We’re all delighted for Colin, who proved himself a very talented journalist while studying here. Multimedia in the true sense of the word, he has interviewed Usain Bolt, won a prize for shorthand and started his first job at a local radio station, even before he had graduated. STV Glasgow is already leading to great opportunities for our students and alumni, and represents a very exciting development for the University and the city.

The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow will be delivered through a University/STV partnership, and will launch on Monday, June 2 at 6.30pm on Freeview channel 23.

Paul Hughes, channel editor, said: “The final countdown to the launch of STV Glasgow is now on and the excitement is building ahead of our first broadcast on 2nd June. The channel schedule includes a mix of live, daily magazine programming, alongside new, acquired shows and popular classics from the STV archive. The channel aims to reflect everything that’s happening in Glasgow on a daily basis and we look forward to bringing viewers all the latest news, entertainment and features from Scotland’s largest city.”

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.