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Journalism graduates help launch new TV station

A group of journalism graduates are playing a key role in the launch of the city’s first local television station.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduates from the Glasgow School for Business and Society have secured positions with STV, and will be working on the new STV Glasgow channel, being delivered in partnership with GCU.

Their roles include assistant producer, video journalist, production journalist, and a reporter.

The GCU partnership will also open doors for current students who will also be given the opportunity to gain work experience at the new TV station.

One of the most high profile positions has gone to BA Multimedia Journalist graduate, Colin Stone, the new roving reporter on STV Glasgow’s flagship magazine programme, The Riverside Show.

Colin will be presenting from different Glasgow locations each week night. He graduated in 2013 and went on to work for YOUR Radio in Clydebank, before moving to STV Glasgow.

He said: “I will be the one out and about as a reporter, sourcing the best stories and focusing on the city and its wider area, its history, and the people behind Glasgow and the west – those who make it such a vibrant place to live. There is a real appetite for local news and stories which people can relate to.”

Lesley Roy, who graduated with an MA in Multimedia Journalism in November 2013, has been appointed as an assistant producer, and will provide news content for STV Glasgow.

She said: “GCU’s Multimedia programme gave me the confidence in editing, building stories, and also to use a range of multimedia skills. I started as a news assistant, and in just eight months I have been promoted to assistant producer.

“The launch of the new channel is a platform for local news to meet viewers’ demand, focusing on the stories and issues which affect the people of Glasgow.”

The team at STV Glasgow includes Marelle Wilson, who graduated with an MA Multimedia Journalism in 2013. Marelle, a production journalist, will be working on the channel’s late bulletin, pulling together stories, editing packages and producing.

Amy Irons, BA Multimedia Journalist, and Matty Sutton, MA Multimedia Journalism graduate, have secured video journalist positions and Rachael Fulton, MA Multimedia Journalism graduate, will be reporting and fulfilling a role as a production researcher and programme runner.

STV Glasgow, a partnership between STV and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), offers viewers a mixture of news, features, and sport. It launches today (Monday, June 2) on Freeview channel 23, Sky channel 117, and Virgin channel 159.

Broadcast and online journalism lecturer, Claire Dean, said: “STV Glasgow is an exciting development and we’re delighted that so many of our multimedia journalism graduates are involved in its launch.

“Employability and close links with the industry are at the heart of our double-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate journalism programmes, and we look forward to developing new opportunities with STV Glasgow.”