Date: April 19, 2023
STV, the renowned broadcaster, has unveiled its ambitious plans for extensive coverage of the upcoming Holyrood election. With a range of dedicated programs, including a live leaders’ debate and in-depth analysis, the channel aims to keep viewers informed every step of the way.
Scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm, the highly anticipated STV leaders’ debate will see prominent figures from five political parties engage in discussions. Nicola Sturgeon will represent the SNP, while Douglas Ross will voice the Scottish Conservatives. Scottish Labour’s Anas Sarwar, Willie Rennie of the Lib Dems, and Patrick Harvie from the Greens will also be present. The debate will kick off with opening statements from each leader, followed by engaging discussions, cross-examinations, and closing remarks.
Hosted by Colin Mackay, the channel’s political editor, the live leaders’ debate promises to be an informative and thought-provoking event. Moreover, the entire program will be streamed live for easy access to viewers.
Aside from the debate, Scotland Tonight will host exclusive one-to-one leader interviews, allowing viewers to gain deeper insights into each party’s perspectives. These interviews will be made available on STV Player for catch-up convenience.
Moving forward, the STV News Election Special is slated to air on Friday, May 7, and promises to bring the first election results as they unfold. The program, airing between 4 pm and 7 pm, and again from 8 pm to 8.30 pm, will be presented by John MacKay from outside Holyrood. STV special correspondent Bernard Ponsonby and Rona Dougall will provide expert analysis of the numbers from STV’s results studio in Glasgow. Key declarations will be delivered live on air as they happen, keeping viewers at the edge of their seats.
Notably, an additional STV News Election Special will air on Saturday, May 8, from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm. This special will offer comprehensive coverage as the new parliament takes shape with the latest election results.
However, former first minister Alex Salmond and his Alba party have not been invited to participate in the leaders’ debate, despite his efforts to persuade the broadcaster. The lineup of participating leaders includes those from the parties represented in the parliament from 2016 to 2021.
Linda Grimes Douglas, Head of News and Current Affairs at STV, expressed excitement for the election coverage. She assured viewers that the STV team is well-prepared to bring the most comprehensive updates and analysis throughout Election 2023. The team’s commitment extends from the leaders’ debate and one-to-one interviews to real-time updates during the election results specials.
With STV’s comprehensive coverage and commitment to keeping the public informed, viewers can stay engaged and up-to-date during this exciting time for Scottish politics.