STV produces current affairs and political programming, including Politics Now, and the daily news and lifestyle magazine The Five Thirty Show. One of the station's best known brands is Scotsport, one of the world's longest running sports television programmes, although the programme was aired for the last time in May 2008. The channel also produces many Gaelic programmes. Whilst a lot of STV's output is for its own broadcast area, some programmes are also broadcast to the Scottish part of the Border Television area and some across the whole of the United Kingdom. One of STV's most famous exports is the long-running crime drama Taggart, set in Glasgow (credited as SMG Productions).
More recent STV programmes include the popular Beyond Explanation, presented by Dundonian actor Brian Cox. The programme looked at mysterious sightings across Scotland over the last few centuries. The channel also produce crime show Unsolved: Getting Away With Murder which covered past unsolved criminal cases in Scotland. The series drew high viewing figures and there was also an increase in the number of calls made to the Police by witnesses of various incidents who saw the programmes. STV have also recently broadcast the Scottish dating show Club Cupid, which was filmed in Dundee and a 6-part history series, Highlands, in which Taggart star John Michie discovered the dark history of the Scottish Highlands.
Since June 2007, STV News teams in the Northern and Central regions have also produced exclusive programming for the station's website, stv.tv, in the form of video blogs. The Real MacKay (Scotland Today), Northern Exposure (North Tonight) and Weather Blether (STV Weather) have gained cult status and continue to be produced on a regular basis.
Previous TV programming includes the dramas Take the High Road, Garnock Way and High Living, gameshows Now You See It and Wheel of Fortune, crime series Crimedesk with Bill Knox, long-running documentary series Weir's Way, lifestyle show Room at the Top, and Glen Michael's Cartoon Cavalcade, which lasted 26 years.
On 25 August 2007 STV began using a special logo on all idents, promotions, breakbumpers and the STV website, in the run-up to Scottish Televisions 50th birthday on 31 August. The phrase "entertaining Scotland for 50 years" was also added to the idents.
On Christmas Eve 2007, a special documentary based on Scottish TV's 50 years in the business was aired in both Central and Northern Scotland, although STV has been broadcasting only in Central Scotland for 50 years, whereas the ITV franchise in Northern Scotland (STV North, previously Grampian Television) began in 1961.
STV North (formerly Grampian Television) is based in Aberdeen and serves Northern Scotland. The main news programme serving the area is North Tonight, alongside short bulletins (North Today) and a weekly news programme for the deaf (News Review). The news service includes local opt-outs from Dundee (serving Tayside & North East Fife) and Aberdeen (serving the North East, Highlands & Islands) on week nights. STV North also has a studio in Inverness and is reportedly in consideration about launching a third news and advertising sub-region for the Highlands and Islands area. No decision has yet been made. The two sub-regions also receive separate commercials.
STV Central (formerly Scottish Television) is based at the STV Group headquarters in Glasgow and serves Central Scotland. Scotland Today is the main news programme covering the region with regular bulletins throughout the day and a weekly news programme for the deaf (Scotland This Week). The news service includes opt-outs from Glasgow (serving the city and the west of the central belt) and Edinburgh (serving the capital city, Fife and the Lothians) on week nights. The two sub-regions also receive separate commercials.
Altogether, the regions and sub-regions serve a population of 3,849,000.
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