Scotland Tonight

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Scotland Tonight
Genre News, current affairs
Directed by John Mason
Laura Trimble
Presented by John MacKay (Mon/Tue),
Rona Dougall (Wed/Thu)
Theme music composer Rage Music
Country of origin Scotland
Executive producer(s) Howard Simpson
Producer(s) Carole Erskine
Stephen Townsend
Location(s) Glasgow, Scotland
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) STV
Original channel STV
STV Edinburgh
STV Glasgow
Picture format 576i SDTV 16:9
1080i HDTV (upscaled?)
Original release 24 October 2011 (2011-10-24) – present
Preceded by Politics Now (Thursdays)
External links

Scotland Tonight is an STV Scottish news and current affairs programme which launched on Monday 24 October 2011 and broadcasts at 10.30pm Mondays to Thursdays. The half-hour programme, which replaced the former STV political programme Politics Now, features reports, interviews and analysis on the news of the day alongside coverage of politics, business, sport, and arts and entertainment. It also incorporates late news bulletins for Glasgow & West Central Scotland, Edinburgh, Fife & the Lothians and the STV North region.


In August 2011, STV announced that it was launching a new nightly programme called Scotland Tonight, increasing its commitment to news and current and affairs.[1]

The programme is broadcast from studio 1 at STV's Glasgow studios, sharing the studio with the West edition of STV News at Six.

The programme in simulcast on STV city channels STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.


The launch presenters were John MacKay (Mons & Tues), also the anchor of the Glasgow edition of STV News at Six, and Rona Dougall, a former Sky News Scotland correspondent for over 15 years.

Stand-in presenters have included Claire Stewart, Bernard Ponsonby, Colin Mackay and Aasmah Mir.


  • Rangers - The Downfall: 14 June 2012
  • Independence Referendum: Edinburgh Agreement: 15 October 2012
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Michael Moore: 16 May 2013
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Anas Sarwar: 5 September 2013
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Alistair Carmichael: 27 November 2013
  • Referendum Interactive Debate: 29 November 2013
  • 2013 Glasgow helicopter crash: 2 December 2013
  • Referendum Debate: Nicola Sturgeon vs Johann Lamont: 25 February 2014
  • Europe Special: 2 April 2014, live from Brussels.
  • Death of Margo MacDonald: Friday 4 April 2014
  • Salmond & Darling: The Debate (reaction and analysis): Tuesday 5 August 2014
  • UK 2015 general election (reaction and analysis): Friday 8 May 2015
  • Europe Special': 25 June 2015, live from Brussels.

Special extended programmes are broadcast for any Scottish by-elections, presented by Bernard Ponsonby.

  • Aberdeen Donside by-election, 2013
  • Dunfermline by-election, 2013
  • Cowdenbeath by-election, 2014