1993 in Scottish television

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List of years in Scottish television (table)

This is a list of events in Scottish television from 1993.


  • 5 January – Scottish Television produces a new series of Doctor Finlay, last aired by the BBC in 1971.[1]
  • 2 June – Marcus Plantin, ITV's network director, announces the termination of Take the High Road from September 1993, as 'ITV's statisticians believed English audiences have had enough'[2] This results in public protest, as many believe that without ITV companies south of the border, the series had no chance.[3] The issue is raised in the House of Commons under an early day motions, and the Daily Record newspaper holds a protest as well.[4] By the end of June, Scottish Television decide to continue producing the series mainly for the Scottish market,[5] but within a month, nearly all the ITV companies reinstate it after viewers complain about the show being dropped in the first place.[6]
  • 31 December – First edition of the annual Scottish football comedy sketch show Only an Excuse? which is aired each Hogmanay.
  • Unknown – Scottish Television launches a thirty-minute lunchtime edition of Scotland Today, presented by Angus Simpson and Kirsty Young – the first time that a regional television station in Britain has produced a full-length lunchtime news programme.
  • Unknown – After retaining its franchise unopposed, Scottish Television invests shares in various ITV companies and media firms, including a 25% stake in the newly launched breakfast strand GMTV.
  • Unknown – Launch of Telefios a Scottish Gaelic news programme on STV and Grampian.




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  1. ^ "Fifty years on, STV set for studio switch". The Scotsman. 3 July 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "ITV network cuts off the Scottish High Road". Herald Scotland. 3 June 1993. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Cusick, James (16 June 1993). "Fans of doomed soap take high road to protest rally: Viewers are fighting to save a Scottish television series. James Cusick reports". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "FUTURE OF 'TAKE THE HIGH ROAD' SERIES (EDM2107)". Edms.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Scots will still take the High Road". Herald Scotland. 17 June 1993. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Taking the high road all over Britain". Herald Scotland. 5 October 1993. Retrieved 29 April 2012.