Very quickly, There had live early morning news bulletin for all of the 90s and early 00s before the ITN morning news.
Doesn't necessarily mean they'd be able to rustle up a contingency, though of course like every regional centre there was some sort of manning for the regional news.
However STV wouldn't be suitable for the sort of thing as it's too far from London. If GMTV couldn't go to air the channel would be off air before the presenters or the tapes got half way there. If it existed at all it would be in London.
I seem to remember that when they had issues recently the tape of Lorraine was biked over to ITN and played from there. So ITN or Reuters are likely to have been a back up, though at the time they were in the same building!
Though there's no logic about having a backup that's at an affiliated company. Channel 4's is/was at a company that has no connection to them and isn't even a broadcaster. I remember when LBC had to evacuate from their then studios in Latimer Road years ago, they ended up at their rivals TalkSport. The two had a mutual agreement
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