Fears Subside at stv Following Ofcom Recommendations

Fears for the survival of stv have subsided, following recommendations from broadcasting regulators, Ofcom.

As reported yesterday (here), Ofcom have submitted their recommendations on the future of public service broadcasting – which includes news and current affairs – for the Wesminster government to consider enshrining in law.

One recommendation might have been to create a single, channel three licence covering the whole of the UK, thus threatening the very existence of stv, which is one of only three channels (the other two being UTV and Channel TB) which sit outside ITV plc, which operates the channel three licence in England and Wales.

Despite ITV plc enthusiasm for an UK-wide licence, Ofcom declined to back it, vindicating considerable lobbying by stv, which included receiving the support of the Scottish Parliament.

In a statement, a spokesperson for stv said: “stv welcomes Ofcom’s report, which is a positive set of recommendations for Scottish viewers and stv.