Grampian Television (now legally known as STV North Ltd and referred to on-air as STV) is the ITV franchisee for the North and North East of Scotland. Its coverage area includes the Scottish Highlands (except Fort William and Lochaber which have always received Scottish Television), Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and parts of north Fife. The station has been in operation since 30 September 1961.
STV North is owned and operated by STV Group plc (formerly SMG plc), which also owns another Scottish ITV franchise, Scottish Television (now known as STV Central off-air), based in Glasgow and serving Central Scotland.
STV North's regional news programme for Northern Scotland is called STV News at Six and is supplemented by short news bulletins seven days a week and a weekly review programme for the deaf and hard of hearing. The station also produces regional television commercials.
Both STV North and STV Central, together with their counterpart UTV in Northern Ireland, have resisted adopting the generic ITV1 branding that is now commonplace throughout regions in England, Wales and Southern Scotland that are owned by ITV plc.
In 2008, the United Kingdom began its 5-year programme to cease analogue television broadcasts as part of the switchover to digital television, with the eight transmitters covering the STV North region (Angus, Rosemarkie, Knockmore, Eitshal, Durris, Bressay, Rumster Forest and Keelylang Hill) switching over from May to October 2010.
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