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Gary McEwan STV Central Reporting Scotland
They could go North and give the Glasgow newsroom a break. Norman Macleod hasn't been on screen for a good while now either.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
STV News “appears to be” rotating its furloughed on-air staff starting from today. Both John MacKay and Gordon Chree have now been furloughed, amongst others I’d imagine.


A sensible and fair policy, though it has to be in three week blocks. The government are going to have to look at supporting people on reduced hours moving forward though to give firms more flexibility in reopening and avoid redundancies.

Possible they could now close Glasgow and operate from Edinburgh if they've switched furloughing arrangements beyond just the presenters to minimize on travel. How eagle eyed do you have to be to notice them switching studios?
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JamesWorldNews STV Central World News
STV News “appears to be” rotating its furloughed on-air staff starting from today. Both John MacKay and Gordon Chree have now been furloughed, amongst others I’d imagine.


A sensible and fair policy, though it has to be in three week blocks. The government are going to have to look at supporting people on reduced hours moving forward though to give firms more flexibility in reopening and avoid redundancies.

Possible they could now close Glasgow and operate from Edinburgh if they've switched furloughing arrangements beyond just the presenters to minimize on travel. How eagle eyed do you have to be to notice them switching studios?


The hockeysticks are reverse layout between in the two studios.
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noggin Founding member
When people are talking about 'furloughed' staff what do they actually mean?

People who are not on-screen when they usually would be? (And an assumption is then made about their employment status?)

People who have been suspended from their jobs on 80%-100% pay (80% funded by the government scheme - and thus are not allowed to work)? In Britain this is what I take 'furlough' to mean - as it's a word really only in common usage since the government introduced their 'furlough' scheme?

People who are working from home / off-screen?

People who are on mandatory unpaid leave or suspended unpaid, with a guarantee of re-employment in the future? (Unlikely hereI'd have thought - though this is common in other countries where unemployment benefits kick in quickly - such as Scandinavian countries)

People who are on annual leave (possibly heavily influenced by their employer...)?

People who are freelance and simply not currently being booked?

The term seems to be being thrown around a lot without any clarification?

**EDIT - I see STV are furloughing people https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/5558827/coronavirus-scotland-stv-john-mackay-furloughed/ - presumably John was staff or long term contract not via a service company**
Last edited by noggin on 4 May 2020 11:34am
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JamesWorldNews STV Central World News
Yes, John is staff. Furlough is the term he himself used in his announcement.
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Gary McEwan STV Central Reporting Scotland
Am I still right in thinking that the Edinburgh side is produced and operated by Glasgow and Aberdeen still operated by themselves?
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
I think over recent years there has been a move away from people being employed through a service company due to HMRC getting wise to it and public perception of them being tax avoidance schemes.

Think it is fair to say people being "furloughed" are referring to being temporarily laid off, usually under the terms of the government scheme but sometimes with their wages topped up or entirely covered by their employers.

That Scottish Sun article sums up how poor tabloid journalism is now. No more info there than there is here - the content is the original tweet and a few replies and that is it.
Last edited by Brekkie on 4 May 2020 12:11pm
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Gary McEwan STV Central Reporting Scotland
We've got Norman Macleod from Glasgow now. Makes a nice change.
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South Today
We've got Norman Macleod from Glasgow now. Makes a nice change.


Seems odd to make him travel all the miles? I presume the Aberdeen studio has been mothballed for now?
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Shaun Linden Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
For all we know Norman could be on for the next three weeks. As a key worker he can be put up in a hotel. I guess that's easier than having his studio and team up and running back in Aberdeen.
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Gary McEwan STV Central Reporting Scotland
For all we know Norman could be on for the next three weeks. As a key worker he can be put up in a hotel. I guess that's easier than having his studio and team up and running back in Aberdeen.


If it's going the way it's been previously, Norman may be doing Monday-Wednesday, with someone else doing Thursday and Friday.
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Universal_r STV Central Reporting Scotland
For all we know Norman could be on for the next three weeks. As a key worker he can be put up in a hotel. I guess that's easier than having his studio and team up and running back in Aberdeen.


If it's going the way it's been previously, Norman may be doing Monday-Wednesday, with someone else doing Thursday and Friday.

Looks like it might be Norman Monday and Tuesday and Kelly-Ann wed-fri

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