STV is Scotland’s home of news and entertainment, serving audiences with quality content on air, online and on demand.
STV’s broadcast channel, accessible free-to-air on all the main TV platforms in Scotland, reaches 3.3 million viewers each month and is home to some of the biggest and most popular shows on television.
The channel’s first-class content includes soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, strong home-grown productions and Scotland's best, most comprehensive and most trusted news service. Flagship news programme STV News at Six continues to grow its audience share and is Scotland’s most watched news service.
The STV Player is Scotland's leading commercial video on demand service and one of the fastest growing in the UK. Viewers in STV’s broadcast licence areas can enjoy their favourite STV shows live or on demand. Additionally the STV Player is also widely available for free across the UK on a range of platforms, including Virgin and Freeview Play, offering viewers an exciting mix of more than 1500 hours of additional content including high quality drama series, true crime, sport, children’s programming, and over 50 box sets.
As well as automatic installation on Freeview Play, Virgin, Freesat and YouView, STV Player is available to download UK-wide on web, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Kindle tablets, Apple TV, Samsung, Fire TV and Roku, Now TV and via Chromecast; and can be viewed by Sky viewers in Scotland. The ad-free subscription version, STV Player+, offers an opportunity to watch STV programming without the adverts, download shows for offline viewing and watch abroad.
STV Studios is one of the UK’s leading content businesses and is Scotland’s biggest indie. Led by award-winning executive David Mortimer, the company has an impressive track-record of success across drama, entertainment and factual, with commissions spanning BBC One and Two, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC Scotland, Discovery, VH1/MTV and Sky One.
In scripted, productions include STV Studios’ critically acclaimed thriller The Victim for BBC One which was watched by more than 7.2m viewers and saw leading actress, Kelly Macdonald, win a BAFTA Scotland Award in 2019. TV film Elizabeth is Missing, featuring two time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson, was broadcast on BBC One. The drama achieved a 5.5m consolidated audience, received 5 star reviews and Glenda Jackson won the leading actress BAFTA in July 2020.
Unscripted formats include 20 series of Antiques Road Trip and nine series of sister programme, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip for BBC, with a further 140 episodes in production and due to air over the next two years; six series of Catchphrase and five of Celebrity Catchphrase for ITV, often delivering audiences of more than 4m; and The Yorkshire Auctioneer, a ten-part factual series for Discovery. The team most recently produced a series about the royal family’s relationship with the tabloid media, The Palace and the Press, for Channel 5 and are responsible for one of BBC Scotland’s most popular series, Inside Central Station.
In 2019, STV Studios acquired a majority stake in award-winning unscripted producer Primal Media, with recent productions including documentaries Home Free for Channel 4 and Jerk for BBC Three. Primal was commissioned in July 2020 to produce Landmark, an eight-part factual entertainment series for Sky Arts. The business also recently announced the acquisition of a minority stake in high-end drama producer, Two Cities, makers of Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic). STV Studios is also the home of Tod Productions, the drama company launched by award winning producer Elaine Collins.
STV Studios was originally called STV Productions and rebranded in August 2020.