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62305822,572 posts since 19 Aug 2005 Recently warned
STV Central Reporting Scotland
https://www.a516digital.com/2018/11/city-speculates-on-stv-takeover-by-itv.html

Speculation over the future of STV among investors has fuelled a recent rise in the share price of the Scottish broadcaster.

Earlier this year, STV chief executive Simon Pitts ruled out a sale of the business, amidst a cost-cutting and streamlining exercise, which saw STV2 being closed and a restructure of STV News taking place.

STV controls the Channel 3 licences for Central and Northern Scotland, in addition to operating productions and digital sales businesses.

The Times reports investors viewing the company has being "cheap", would would make it "an attractive prospect for a would-be buyer." As a result of the speculation in the City, STV's share price rose steeply on Tuesday.


Recent changes in the STV's operational focus has also been interpreted in the City as STV management preparing the company for sale. ITV plc is still seen as the most likely company to want to buy STV, a move that would give a single company entire control over the Channel 3 network for the first time.

STV has not responded to the speculation.
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mr_vivian707 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
Weird. We were discussing/speculating what would happen if stv was up for sale recently.

The best thing for stv will be for itv to buy it because it is going to struggle as the only independent itv company. If another company buys it I'd be surprised. It might be profitable but you're really at the mercy of itv.

UTV have actually improved in so many ways since itv bought it. We have news in actual HD now, the presentation is more streamlined (although the same few idents appear over and over again) and a satisfactory amount of local content too.
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62305822,572 posts since 19 Aug 2005 Recently warned
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Why will ITV not have an easy ride like UTV? What do you mean?


Unlike UTV, STV are still two franchise, which two seperate news programmes, If ITV wanted to make a cut there would have to ofcom and you just watch the public stink..

STV still has legal requirement for opts at peak time, 90mins min, so ITV still still have to make programme.

Scotland Tonight is odd one but since Ofcom made ITV have Repro Border on 3 times a week I think that a given it will stay, but could well merge.
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mr_vivian707 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
I think itv already dealt with a similar situation when they merged two regions and they got around it by having 1 news programme but then an opt out midway with prerecorded news for the region they dropped live news from.

I think it may have been itv news westcountry that adopted this format.
62305822,572 posts since 19 Aug 2005 Recently warned
STV Central Reporting Scotland
I think itv already dealt with a similar situation when they merged two regions and they got around it by having 1 news programme but then an opt out midway with prerecorded news for the region they dropped live news from.

I think it may have been itv news westcountry that adopted this format.



It was in 2009 but were 10 years later, and ITV were Forced to bring back Lookaround for borders after doing the same, ITV would need to ofcom and ask to merge the two programme, but there have no chance since Border is now back..
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JamesM0984449 posts since 21 Jun 2018
Central (East) East Midlands Today
It makes commercial sense to do it, and complete the missing piece of the jigsaw. It's not impossible that they would keep the STV brand, and maybe even reignite the HTV brand for Wales to give the nations their own brands.

However I think it's more likely they'll roll the ITV brand out to NI and Scotland. People are already fairly used to it being there.
Whataday9,115 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Weird. We were discussing/speculating what would happen if stv was up for sale recently.

The best thing for stv will be for itv to buy it because it is going to struggle as the only independent itv company. If another company buys it I'd be surprised. It might be profitable but you're really at the mercy of itv.

UTV have actually improved in so many ways since itv bought it. We have news in actual HD now, the presentation is more streamlined (although the same few idents appear over and over again) and a satisfactory amount of local content too.


ITV Cymru Wales also has a decent amount of local content, and more importantly it is of high quality.

Should ITV buy STV, I have a feeling STV, UTV and Wales will end up with the same opt-out schedule for their local programming, and that might benefit things from a local perspective.

However, I don't think a takeover will be cut and dry. I think there is a chance a Scottish company/businessperson could still mount a takeover to keep control north of the border.