Glasgow is on the box

June 2, 2014

Elizabeth Partyka is deputy director of channels at STV. Here, she gives us an insight into what we can expect from the new STV Glasgow channel and how it will benefit the community by showcasing local news & talent.


STV is committed to playing a role at the heart of the creative industries in Scotland and I hope you will agree the launch of a brand new channel dedicated to the city of Glasgow is the ideal chance for creativity to thrive!

STV Glasgow will begin broadcasting on Monday 2nd June and the opportunities that this brings for the city are abundant -we’re particularly excited about the chances Freeview channel 23 will offer young people with a passion for media and a drive to work in the television industry.

In a competitive industry such as TV, a brand new station opens the doors for people who are looking for real experience in a live environment.  The new channel will be delivered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and students are already receiving practical experience alongside experienced broadcasters, giving them confidence and contacts,adding to the creative pool of talent in the city.

STV Glasgow aims to give this great city a voice. Wewant to be a breath of fresh air for the broadcasting landscape and a chance to tell the stories of people living and working in Scotland’s largest city.

The new schedule for STV Glasgow includes The Riverside Show, a live, daily magazine show that will celebrate everything that is going on in the city. We will reflect the diverse culture of this city with a mix of news and entertainment content. Community and volunteer groups will also benefit from opportunities to highlight their work. We have also committed to broadcast one hour of non-English speaking content each week and this will start with Polish drama, Czas Honoru.

The new channel will undoubtedly benefit from STV’s existing presence, our facilities and extensive experience as a digital broadcaster. It will also benefit from STV’s archive of popular programmes such as Take the High Road and Taggart.

Mixed in with The Riverside Show and quality drama, we will be able to showcase innovative formats such as Tenement TV, My Life in 10 Pictures and The Blether - all unique programmes featuring Glaswegians.

There is so much happening in Glasgow in 2014 and we are eager for STV Glasgow to become part of the fabric of the city, reflecting what is happening and celebrating everything that is going on in the city on a daily basis.

The launch of a new channel is an exciting, if not extremely busy, time and we are committed to this project and fulfilling the obligations of the 12 year licence awarded by Ofcom.

We hope creative Glasgow will join us and be part of our brand new channel, STV Glasgow.

STV Glasgow is on midday to midnight, seven day per week on Freeview channel 23, Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media channel 159.