More details sought on STV's  pilot news programme for Dundee

2 October 2009

Marlyn Glen is asking STV for more details of its future plans for broadcasting in Dundee.

This follows the announcement earlier this month by STV of proposals for a pilot news channel next year.

This would feature an hour-long programme of international , UK, Scottish and local news.

The coverage of news by "North Tonight" from Dundee would be extended from 10 to 15 minutes.

Ms. Glen is asking STV for an assurance that, if the pilot were to become eventually a new news programme, there will be no reduction in the number of staff employed in Dundee.

She believes that the increased news production should mean more STV editorial and technical staff working in the city.

Ms. Glen said,

" I welcome this publicly-funded venture, and its possible development into a new programme, as long as it means no redundancies.

"A higher profile for Dundee on television has always been called for by Dundonians

" The pilot provides an opportunity to raise with STV what their longer-term plans are for more resources for broadcasting from Dundee."

The former North Tonight news programme, now STV North News, has audience penetration of up to 50% of all viewers of all channels in the former Grampian TV area, the best figures for any regional news programme in Scotland, England or Wales.

 

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