STV Edinburgh

For the UK Channel 3 licensee in Edinburgh, see Scottish Television.
STV Edinburgh
Launched 12 January 2015 (2015-01-12)
Owned by STV Group plc
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share STV City:[Note 1]
0.01% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Broadcast area Edinburgh
Headquarters Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
Sister channel(s) STV
STV Glasgow
Freeview Channel 8
Sky Channel 117
Channel 168
(for viewers in West)
Virgin Media Channel 159

STV Edinburgh is a local television channel based in Edinburgh which launched on 12 January 2015.[1][2] It is owned and operated by STV Group plc in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University.


STV were awarded local TV licences in January 2013 to operate two digital television channels, under the working titles of GTV and ETV, in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, for up to 12 years.[3]

Three other bids were made for the licence by Edinburgh News Network, Made in Edinburgh and Metro8 Edinburgh.

The channel is run in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University.[4]

STV Edinburgh launched at 7pm on Monday 12 January 2015, originally airing every day from midday until around midnight. Its sister station, STV Glasgow, began broadcasting on Monday 2 June 2014.

The channel soon extended its hours in March 2015. The two city channels now share the majority of programming, with most STV Edinburgh productions also broadcast on its sister station in Glasgow.

In early 2017, with the launch of more STV City channels in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee, the network of services will be rebranded as "STV2".[5]


STV Edinburgh airs a locally focused schedule of new, archived and imported programming, including a daily magazine show, an expanded STV News service, features, former STV programmes, documentaries and drama.

STV News airs an in-depth STV News at Eight from the capital each weeknight, alongside short bulletins throughout the day, a simulcast of STV News at Six and a pan-regional STV News at Ten, which also airs on STV Glasgow. The main non-news productions from the Edinburgh studios are the nightly magazine show, The Late Show and coverage of the Edinburgh Festival.[6]

STV Edinburgh also airs archived drama series including Taggart, Take the High Road and Rebus alongside the acclaimed Polish World War II drama Czas honoru (Days of Honour) and the comedy drama series High Times. The station has pledged to broadcast at least an hour a week of non-English language programming.

STV News Tonight

In September 2016, it was announced that STV is to launch a news programme bringing together Scottish, UK and international news coverage for the first time. "STV News Tonight" will be produced and broadcast from Glasgow using STV's resources from across Scotland and ITV's international and UK news resources. It is the first time all news coverage relevant to Scottish viewers - from Scottish to UK and international - has been brought together in a single programme each week night.[7]

STV News Tonight will be the flagship news programme on STV's expanding city network, when it rebrands as "STV2". The 30-minute programme will air on every week night at 7pm on STV2 and streamed live on the STV Player.


  1. Audience data for STV's local channels in Edinburgh and Glasgow are measured and reported together, as "STV City".
  1. Tulloch, Pamela (5 January 2015). "STV Edinburgh launches with The Fountainbridge Show on January 12". STV. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. "New channel STV Edinburgh launches with The Fountainbridge Show". STV News. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. "Ofcom awards local TV licences in Scotland". Ofcom. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  4. "STV awarded local television licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh". STV. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  5. "STV to launch integrated Scottish and international news show". STV News. STV. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  6. STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh launch new chat show 'The Late Show',, 28 December 2015
  7. "STV to launch integrated Scottish and international news show". STV News. STV. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
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