Licences for new local TV channels for Dundee and Aberdeen have been awarded to STV, and these will be available to viewers in Montrose.
These new services will be delivered in partnership with Abertay University and Dundee and Angus College in Dundee, Robert Gordon University and North East Scotland College in Aberdeen, and for a third channel in Ayr, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
Working in partnership with the further education colleges and universities will provide media students with the opportunity to learn and train in a live TV environment.
STV’s new licences will deliver local news and current affairs content.
Bobby Hain, Director of Channels at STV, said: “STV is committed to delivering local content for viewers in Scotland and the award today of three additional TV licences will serve to complement our existing STV family of broadcast, online and mobile services. Local TV is a long term commitment for STV and we look forward to working with our education partners in Dundee, Aberdeen and Ayr to deliver these new services.”
The first of STV’s city TV channels, STV Glasgow, launched in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh followed in January 2015. During the first month on air the channels reached a combined audience of over one million viewers with an engaging mix of news, innovative formats and classic dramas from the STV archive.
STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh broadcast on Freeview channel 23, Sky Channel 117 and Virgin Media Channel 159 within their transmission areas. STV, STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh are available to watch live and on catch-up with the STV Player.
No information is yet to hand as to the local content of the Dundee and Aberdeen channels, and we wonder what our readers would most like to see?
Many people greatly regretted the loss of Grampian TV when its owner, STV, swallowed it up under the main brand, and some of the old Grampian programmes might make a come-back.
For example, are there still performers capable of resurrecting ‘Bothy Nichts’? That harked back to the days before TV, when farm workers made their own music and comic turns.
And what about today’s aspiring pop bands or stand-up comics?
What do you think? Make your suggestions about local programming to the Review at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll print the best ones.