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The time is now: The Hour moves to a weekly primetime slot

Thu 23 Jun 2011 11:20


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STV bosses have announced that popular live show The Hour is moving from its current daytime slot at 5pm to a brand new weekly peak time slot.

The new show will launch in its weekly fixture in the autumn complete with a new set and a fantastic range of guests, features and online events. The presenting team for the re-launch will be announced in due course.

Early next year, STV will launch a spin-off feature series in an extension of The Hour brand, including a brand new travel series.

Elizabeth Partyka, Deputy Director of Channels, at STV, said: “The Hour has gone from strength to strength since its launch two years ago, and has established itself as one of the most popular daytime television shows in Scotland.

“Moving to a weekly primetime slot is a fantastic achievement for the show and a natural evolution of The Hour brand, and I am thrilled about the opportunity to bring the show to a new and broader audience.”

Throughout the month of June, The Hour has welcomed a series of weekly guest presenters to the studio.

This week’s co-host, actor and writer Tony Roper, follows star interior designer John Amabile, actor Joe McGann and comedian and actor Sanjeev Kohli.

The current show comes to a well-deserved break on Friday July 22 with a string of guest presenters joining Michelle McManus on the sofa of Scotland’s only magazine show in the coming weeks.

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    1. 24 June 2011 07:26
    lesley monaghan said

    We are absolutely gutted that the hour is moving to a so called prime spot
    5 o clock is a great time for this show, and Michelle McManus is the star
    I for one will not be tuning in to the hour when it is moved and certainly not when Michelle is not the presenter.
    How can stv cram 5hours light entertainment into 1 hour, very disappointed viewer!

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    2. 24 June 2011 12:54
    Andy (Yorkhill) said

    i predicted some months ago that The Hour would be cut and that the show would change, a change which is really needed and new presenters doing the presenting.
    The show was all about food, wine and antiques, not really the sort of programme to draw huge crowds to watch.
    I welcome the change at The Hour and look forward to its new format & new presenting team.

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    3. 24 June 2011 18:00
    Luckycat(Peterhead) said

    I am not happy at all.I look forward to The Hour at 5pm as I rarely get a chance later on.If Michelle is not on the new show I probably won't bother as she is the one we tune in to see as she is so natural and entertaining.She always seems like the kind of person who would be brilliant company on a night out .Why spoil a good thing?

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    4. 25 June 2011 01:41
    GMc said

    The fact is, The Hour's viewing figures have been declining steadily since last year. The format is quite stale now, with too many cookery items, dull guests and not enough content.
    With the programme moving to a one hour-a--week slot, it gives the producers the chance to have a new focus, one episode a week to show how good the programme can be.
    No more rubbish filler items, and hopefully a fresh new presenting team and set.
    Michelle is OK, but she only worked well with Stephen. Her recent co-hosts have left a lot to be desired.
    As long as we don't have the predictable, mundane presenters who have appeared so far...

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