Scotland

STV's new Chief Executive Simon Pitts unveils new growth plan

STV CEO Simon Pitts (Credit: STV)

STV’s new drama The Victim, a legal thriller set in Scotland and made for BBC One, is told through the eyes of both plaintiff and accused. All stories have two sides to them. The narrative concerning the changes going on in Scottish broadcasting is no different.

Glasgow-based STV has a new Chief Executive, Simon Pitts, formerly ITV’s director of transformation and strategy. His new strategy has gone down well in the city and with some producers, but less so with certain journalists and politicians.

RTS Scotland awards 2017: the winners

Connolly, who was unable to attend the Glasgow event in mid-May, said in his acceptance speech from the United States: “I owe everything to Bill Tennent from Scottish Television who put me on his show every time he couldn’t find another guest.”

The RTS Scotland Awards were held at the Oran Mor in the city, and hosted by STV presenter Jennifer Reoch and stand-up comedian and radio presenter Des Clarke.

Next generation of TV journalism

Photography: Paul Reich

This Wednesday saw The Royal Television Society bring together four generations of journalism; from current students, young journalists beginning their careers, established professionals and affectionately titled “elder statesmen”, to celebrate and showcase some of the amazing work by the three nominees for Young Journalist of the Year in this year’s RTS Scotland Awards on 17th May.

Event report: Scotland Student Awards

The Edinburgh Napier University student was awarded the Drama prize for Lethe. “This was the category that really [enthused] the judges. One said the reason he enjoyed judging the student awards so much was that because every year he’d come across gems like these,” said Henry Eagles, the chair of the judges.

Romero also won the Comedy and Entertainment award for Native Immigration, a mockumentary that boasted “high production values and a great use of graphics”.

BBC announces major investment in Scotland and Wales

BBC Scotland

The corporation is launching a new English-language channel in the nation.

From September 2018, BBC Scotland will broadcast nightly from 7pm, and will contain its own hour-long nightly news programme at 9pm (15 minutes at 7pm weekends) which will be edited and presented from Scotland.

The BBC is investing £19m in the channel and in surrounding digital developments, and will oversee the creation of around 80 new journalist posts. Together with existing funding, that will give the channel an initial budget of around £30m.