In the end, a reassurance to the contrary killed the story, dead.
Yesterday, you might have been reading of an MSP’s outrage that stv were apparently about to do away with its politics programme, Politics Now.
But a media release issued by the SNP’s Alex Neil was met by a statement from stv, reassuring that the programme would be continuing until the Scottish elections – in May – to be replaced by a current affairs programme at a much more civilised time than the ‘graveyard slot’ usually allocated to Politics Now.
There was Neil saying: “I really do believe that the cancellation of this show is ill thought-out.”
And, in response, stv was saying Politics Now will continue to run on stv until the Scottish elections and that, the morning after the elections, there will be a full analysis programme. And that, from the middle of next year, there is to be a new current affairs programme, scheduled to broadcast in peak viewing time – at 7.30pm.
In the end, the biggest show was a couple of pars on page two of the Daily Record.
Not that current affairs necessarily equates to politics. But a stv spokesperson said: “Viewers should be assured that stv programming will continue to reflect the political scene across Scotland in 2007.”