Media release: STV confirms Scottish leaders debate, ahead of the General Election

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Scotland Debates will air on Wednesday 24 May from 2030 on STV and STV2

STV has confirmed details of a live TV debate with the leaders of the four main political parties in Scotland ahead of the General Election in June.

Scotland Debates will feature SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP; Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP; leader of the Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale MSP; and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP.

The debate will be chaired by STV’s political editor, Bernard Ponsonby (pictured), and broadcast live from the Tramway theatre in Glasgow on Wednesday 24 May between 2030 and 2200, in front of an audience of 150 comprising a representative sample of the Scottish electorate.

Gordon Macmillan, STV’s head of news, said: “STV has a strong track record of delivering election debates for viewers in Scotland. This is an exciting time in Scottish and UK politics and we’ve rarely seen public political engagement so high.

“STV’s debate will give members of the audience an opportunity to put their questions to the leaders of the four main political parties and the leaders will also cross-examine each other. We hope viewers tune in for an engaging debate about the key political issues in Scotland today.”

The debate will be simulcast on STV2 and streamed live on the STV Player. It will also be available for catch-up shortly after.


For further information, please contact the STV press office:-

Eleanor Marshall

0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143

Anna Hendry

0141 300 3830

Notes for editors:

About STV

STV is one of Scotland’s leading digital media brands, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand.

STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.5 million viewers each month with first class programming including soapsEmmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, strong home-grown productions and the most comprehensive local news service in the UK.

In April, STV launched a new channel for Scotland, STV2. The channel broadcasts 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and is streamed online and available for catch-up via the STV Player. STV2 features an exciting and distinct schedule including an enhanced news service with integrated Scottish, UK and international news programme, STV News Tonight, weekday magazine showLive at Five, popular Irish soap Fair City, local sport, the best of UK and international drama as well as classic movies.

STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses, with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment, producing a wide range of programmes for a variety of networks, including entertainment showCatchphrase for ITV, ratings success Antiques Road Trip for BBC One, Safeword for ITV2 and documentaries such as Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2 and The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel.

STV’s digital business incorporates popular commercial media website,, and includes an enhanced digital news app serving consumers local, national and international news as well as features, sport and weather in one place.  The STV Player offers consumers within STV’s licence areas in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy programmes live or on catch-up.

STV content is available across platforms including iOS, Android, Windows 8, YouView and Samsung Smart TV.

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