Current affairs programme Scotland Tonight celebrates first birthday

Scotland Tonight, STV’s popular current affairs programme, is celebrating its one-year anniversary having firmly established itself with an annual audience of three million viewers.

The programme first aired with interviews with Donald Trump and First Minister Alex Salmond and has continued to attract high-profile guests including former chancellor Alistair Darling, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, campaigner and singer Annie Lennox and former cycling world champion Graeme Obree.

In the past 12 months, the programme has covered all the major issues in Scotland, including special editions on the crisis at Rangers Football Club and the independence referendum.

Gordon Macmillan, Head of News at STV, said: "Scotland Tonight is an interactive programme that tackles the big issues.

"The viewing figures regularly outperform our long-established competitors and are testament to the quality of the programme as we connect with people across Scotland on the issues that matter to them.

"When we launched Scotland Tonight we set out to report on the big issues but we also wanted viewers to interact with the programme and tell us what they think.

"This has proved extremely successful and Scotland Tonight will undoubtedly continue to help inform many Scots’ news and current affairs in the years ahead."

In its first year, the programme's audience has grown by 18% and now attracts an average audience of over 100,000 each night, or half a million viewers across Scotland each week.

Scotland Tonight, which is broadcast live on STV and online Monday to Thursday at 10.30pm, is presented by Rona Dougall and John MacKay.

The 30-minute show is produced and presented from STV’s news centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen with a dedicated team of journalists delivering engaging reports and features from across the country.

You can also catch up with Scotland Tonight on the STV Player.

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