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STV City channels to get more prominent spot

01 March 2016 14:20

STV has welcomed an announcement from Digital UK that the STV City TV channels are to receive a more prominent position in the Freeview TV guide.

Director of Channels at STV, Bobby Hain, said: "This is fantastic news - with our City channels in a more prominent position, new viewers from across Scotland will now get the opportunity to enjoy more of STV's trusted local news and magazine programmes along with our great mix of new and classic drama and entertainment. "We look forward to working with Digital UK to move STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow up the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) to Freeview Channel 8."

This follows the transition of BBC Three to a fully online service with STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow currently listed on the Freeview EPG at position 23.

In 2017, STV will extend coverage to include an additional three licence areas in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee resulting in some 80% of Scotland being served through the City TV Freeview footprint. The new services will also launch into this slot.

Changes to the TV guide are expected to take place in April. Digital UK has indicated that some viewers may need to retune their TV or box to receive the latest channel-line up where changes are not picked up automatically.

At 2:20pm: (LON:STVG) STV Group PLC share price was -9p at 431p

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