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STV At 60

Scott, Alistair



This article traces the history of Scottish Television (STV) since it was first established as the independent television channel serving central Scotland in 1957 by charting the company’s landmark productions across a range of genres made for both Scottish and UK network audiences. The article argues that the main achievement of STV is simply that it has survived for six decades despite the radical transformation of the broadcasting landscape across the UK. By reviewing the previous studies of broadcast media in Scotland and surveying the archive of STV’s output the article highlights the limited previous research on this topic. The article identifies four distinct phases during which STV’s management has pursued different strategies as a commercial broadcaster and compares the challenges that have been faced during these periods. It also examines how STV and BBC Scotland have competed to deliver public service broadcasting for the Scottish audience and assesses ways in which the channel has contributed to Scottish cultural life. The article concludes that in 2018 the company is at the start of a new fifth phase during which survival will depend upon innovation and expanded production to deliver programme content across new digital platforms and serve the Scottish audience in ways that reflect and respond to changing media consumption and audience viewing behaviours.


Scott, A. (2018). STV At 60. International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen, 11(1), 29-50

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 9, 2018
Online Publication Date May 10, 2018
Publication Date May 10, 2018
Deposit Date May 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2018
Journal International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen
Print ISSN 2046-5602
Publisher Queen Margaret University
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 29-50
Keywords Scottish Television, STV, independent television, regional television,
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