Timeline of Scottish Television

This is a timeline of the history of Scottish Television (now known as STV Central).

. . . Timeline of Scottish Television . . .

  • 1952
  • 1957
    • 31 August – At 5:30 pm, Scottish Television starts broadcasting and becomes the first ITV company to broadcast seven days a week.
    • 18 September – Scottish launches a sports programme called Sports Desk which was soon renamed Scotsport.[1] The programme would be broadcast for the next fifty years.
  • 1958
    • No events.
  • 1959
    • No events.
  • 1960
    • No events.
  • 1961
    • No events.
  • 1962
    • May – Scottish Television’s weekly listings magazine is renamed from TV Guide to The Viewer.
  • 1963
    • No events.
  • 1964
    • Scottish is given a three-year extension to its licence. This is later extended by a further year.
    • 15 August – Scottish launches Scotsport Results to provide Scottish viewers with a round-up of the day’s Scottish football. It is broadcast on Saturday teatimes at around 5pm during the football season.
  • 1965
    • The chairman of the Independent Television AuthorityCharles Hill pays a visit to STV’s Glasgow studios during which he observed an edition of the popular daytime entertainment show The One O’Clock Gang. He was so appalled by it, he personally axed the programme with the words My God, how long have you been getting away with this?.[2] Consequently, Scottish no longer broadcasts programming at lunchtime.
    • September – The final edition of Scottish TV’s listings magazine The Viewer is published. Subsequently, Scottish’s listings are carried in the magazine TVTimes.
  • 1966
  • 1967
    • Scottish Television retains its franchise, despite strong competition from a consortium led by the future BBC Director General Alasdair Milne and strong indications that the company would lose its franchise. Lord Thomson is forced by the ITA to reduce his stake in the station from 80% to 25%, effectively ending the company’s standing as a subsidiary of the Thomson Group.
  • 1968
    • August – A technicians strike forces ITV off the air for several weeks although management manage to launch a temporary ITV Emergency National Service with no regional variations.
  • 1969
    • October – Scottish starts producing programmes in colour and marks the occasion by opening new secondary studios at the Gateway Theatre in Edinburgh.
    • November – A major fire badly damages Scottish’s Glasgow studios.[3]
    • 13 December – Scottish starts broadcasting in colour.

. . . Timeline of Scottish Television . . .

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