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Encyclopedia > Scottish Television
STV Central (Scottish Television)
Based in Glasgow
Broadcast area Central Scotland
Launched August 31, 1957


Scottish Television logo, mid-1980s
Scottish Television logo, 2003-2006
Closed lost on-air identity on 30 May 2006
(rebranded as STV along with Grampian Television)
Website stv.tv
Owned by SMG plc

Scottish Television (now legally known as STV Central Ltd and referred to on-air as STV) is Scotland's largest ITV franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since August 31, 1957. The studios were located on Renfield Street in Cowcaddens, Glasgow since its launch in 1957, but moved to new studios in Pacific Quay, alongside BBC Scotland and the Glasgow Science Centre in July 2006. The channel is now owned by SMG plc, which also owns Scotland's other independent television franchisee, Grampian Television, based in Aberdeen. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... “Glaswegian” redirects here. ... Map of Scotland showing the location of the former Central region Regional Council Central (Roinn Meadhanach in Gaelic) was a local government region of Scotland from 1974 to 1995. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Scot3. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links Stv_logo. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... STV is the brand used by both ITV licensees in Northern and Central Scotland, formerly known as Grampian TV (now legally STV North Ltd. ... Grampian Television is the ITV franchisee for the North of Scotland, based in Aberdeen. ... SMG plc (formerly Scottish Media Group) is a Scottish media company. ... STV is the brand used by both ITV licensees in Northern and Central Scotland, formerly known as Grampian TV (now legally STV North Ltd. ... This article is about the country. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Cowcaddens is an area of the city of Glasgow, Scotland. ... “Glaswegian” redirects here. ... BBC Scotland (BBC Alba in Gaelic) is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... The Glasgow Science Centre and the Glasgow Tower The Glasgow Science Centre is a major science and technology museum located in Glasgow, Scotland. ... SMG plc (formerly Scottish Media Group) is a Scottish media company. ... Grampian Television is the ITV franchisee for the North of Scotland, based in Aberdeen. ... , Aberdeen (IPA: ; Scottish Gaelic: ) is Scotlands third largest city with an official population of 202,370. ...


STV Central produces news, current affairs, politics and sports programmes (in both English and Gaelic) for its transmission region, as well as for the whole of Scotland. STV Central's main news programme is Scotland Today, and the main sports show is Scotsport, the world's longest running sports television programme. Along with STV North, STV Central is the main rival to the publicly-funded national broadcaster, BBC Scotland. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Current affairs is a genre of broadcast journalism where the emphasis is on detailed analysis and discussion of news stories that have recently occurred or are ongoing at the time of broadcast. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. ... // Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... Scotland Today is the flagship news programme on STV, in Central Scotland. ... Scotsport is a Scottish sports television programme. ... Public broadcasting is a form of public service broadcasting (PSB) intended to serve the diverse needs of the listening public. ...


In 2008, the United Kingdom plans to begin its 5-year programme to cease Analogue television broadcasts as part of the switchover to Digital television, with STV Central switching over from October 2010 till March 2011.

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History

The company was founded by a consortium led by Canadian businessman Roy (Later Lord) Thomson and went on-air in 1957, the first ITV franchise to launch outside the three largest regions and thereby the first to operate a full week schedule. The company soon gained a reputation for cheap programming prompting the jibe that STV only had two pieces of equipment - one telecine to show western films and another to show the commercials.


In 1965 the chairman of the Independent Television Authority Charles Hill paid a visit to STV's Glasgow studios during which he observed an edition of the blunt daytime entertainment show One o'clock Gang. So appalled by it he immediately axed the show with the words "My God, how long have you been getting away with this?" [1]. The Independent Television Authority (ITA) was a body created by the Television Act 1954 to supervise the creation of Independent Television (ITV), the first commercial television network in the United Kingdom. ... Charles Hill is the name of the following people: Lord Hill of Luton, Radio Doctor, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the ITA and BBC Charles Hill, diplomat, a career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service. ...


Although the early days of the ITV network were a financial gamble the service soon became profitable, resulting in Thomson claiming that 'running a commercial television station is like having a licence to print your own money' [2].


However by 1969 the company was, like many within the ITV system, struggling with a recession, increased transmitter rental fees and taxation on income (rather than profits) as a result of the Pilkington Committee review into ITV. The situation hit STV harder than most and by 1970 was making significant losses. A recession is traditionally defined in macroeconomics as a decline in a countrys real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for two or more successive quarters of a year (equivalently, two consecutive quarters of negative real economic growth). ...


The conversion of a theatre in Edinburgh into new colour studios also saw a drain on finances. This facility grew in importance in 1969 after a fire gutted the main studio and production suites at the Cowcaddens site, a fire in which two firemen died. The site was subsequently razed to the ground and new colour facilities built, which became fully operational in 1973.


By this time a change in taxation rules and a general increase in advertising spend saw STV's fortunes recover. In the following twenty years the company gained greater access to the national network, primarily through the soap opera Take the High Road and the long-running detective series Taggart. Recent contibutions have included the quiz Wheel of Fortune and the adaptation of the Rebus crime books. For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Take the High Road was a soap opera produced by SMG Productions (Scottish Television) and set in the fictional village of Glendarroch (exteriors were filmed in the real-life village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond). ... Taggart is a long-running Scottish detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler (who has written many of the episodes), and made by SMG Productions (STV) for the ITV network. ... Wheel of Fortune was a British gameshow which ran from 1988 to 2001, produced by SMG Productions (Scottish Television) for the ITV network. ... For information on the Rebus word and picture puzzle see Rebus. ...


In late 1992 Scottish Television took over a number of children's programmes made by independent producers for the outgoing ITV company TVS including the shows Art Attack and How 2. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Neil Buchanan on the Art Attack Art Attack was a British childrens television series about art. ... How 2 is an informative childrens programme produced by TVS between 1990 and 1992, and SMG Productions (stv) from 1993. ...


Programmes

A list of programmes made by Scottish Television. All networked shows now come under the banner of SMG Productions. SMG Productions is the network television production arm of the Scottish media group SMG plc, and incorporates Ginger Productions. ...

Club Cupid, which is filmed in Dundee is a brand new stv dating show for Scottish singles. ... Now You See It was an American television game show where contestants tried to find words that were hidden within a jumble of letters. ... Politics Now is a Thursday evening politics programme shown on STV. Michael Crow, best known for reporting on the Scottish Parliament for STVs Scotland Today and North Tonight, presents the show, interviewing some of Scotlands best-known politicians. ... Taggart is a long-running Scottish detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler (who has written many of the episodes), and made by SMG Productions (STV) for the ITV network. ... Take the High Road was a soap opera produced by SMG Productions (Scottish Television) and set in the fictional village of Glendarroch (exteriors were filmed in the real-life village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond). ... Unsolved is a television programme on stv, which investigates some of the most baffling and intriguing murders in the country, where the killers have never been caught and in some cases, the bodies never found. ... Wheel of Fortune was a British gameshow which ran from 1988 to 2001, produced by SMG Productions (Scottish Television) for the ITV network. ...

Childrens' TV

For other uses see funhouse (disambiguation) Fun House was a United States childrens television game show that aired from September 5, 1988 to April 13, 1991, originally in syndication, and later on the Fox Network. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... How 2 is an informative childrens programme produced by TVS between 1990 and 1992, and SMG Productions (stv) from 1993. ... Hurricanes was an animated series produced by DIC and distributed by BKN for syndication. ... Inside Out was an educational television series that ran on many PBS stations for a short time during the mid 1970s. ... Rupert Bear Rupert Bear is a cartoon character created by Mary Tourtel and who first appeared in the Daily Express on November 8, 1920. ...

Channel changes

On March 2, 2006, it was announced by SMG plc that later in 2006, Scottish Television will revert to using its former brand name of STV, from the start of colour broadcasting in 1969 until August 30, 1985, and which the station is still informally known as in parts of Scotland. At the same time, Grampian TV would also become known as STV, so one identity will serve the two SMG Licences. It was announced that no jobs will be lost. The two regional news programmes, Scotland Today (Scottish TV) and North Tonight (Grampian TV), both still broadcast in the regions after the rebranding, which was launched on May 30, 2006. is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... SMG plc (formerly Scottish Media Group) is a Scottish media company. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... STV is the brand used by both ITV licensees in Northern and Central Scotland, formerly known as Grampian TV (now legally STV North Ltd. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Grampian Television is the ITV franchisee for the North of Scotland, based in Aberdeen. ... SMG plc (formerly Scottish Media Group) is a Scottish media company. ... Scotland Today is the flagship news programme on STV, in Central Scotland. ... North Tonight is stvs nightly news programme covering the North of Scotland. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ Cherry, S, ITV: The People's Channel, Reynolds and Hearn, London 2005
  2. ^ Black, P, The Mirror In The Corner - People's Television, Hutchinson & Co, London, 1972

External links

  • stv.tv

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Scottish Television (158 words)
Scottish Television is Scotland's largest independent television station, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since 1957.
Scottish TV produces news and current affairs programmes (in both English and Gaelic) for its transmission region, as well as for the whole of Scotland.
It is the main rival to the publicly-funded broadcaster, BBC Scotland.
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