1993 in Scottish television

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

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  • 1 January – Scottish Television launches a new set of idents [1]
  • 4 January –
    • Following the launch of GMTV, news bulletins from Scotland are seen on ITV at breakfast for the first time.
    • Debut of Telefios, a Scottish Gaelic news programme produced by Grampian Television. It is broadcast on STV and Grampian daily with a lunchtime bulletin (1:10pm Grampian, 1:40pm Scottish), a teatime bulletin (6:25pm Grampian only) and a weekly review on Saturdays afternoons. Broadcast from the Aberdeen studios, they moved to Grampian's new Stornoway studios on 22 March.
  • 5 January – Scottish produces a new series of Doctor Finlay, last aired by the BBC in 1971.[2]
  • January – 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.


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  • May – The final edition of Scotsport Results is broadcast by Scottish, bringing to an end Scottish's Saturday teatime results show, having broadcast the programme for the past 29 seasons.


  • 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'[3] This results in public protest, as many believe that without ITV companies south of the border, the series had no chance.[4] The issue is raised in the House of Commons under an early day motions, and the Daily Record newspaper holds a protest as well.[5] By the end of June, Scottish Television decide to continue producing the series mainly for the Scottish market,[6] but within a month, nearly all the ITV companies reinstate it after viewers complain about the show being dropped in the first place.[7]


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  • BBC Scotland launches a two-hour Thursday evening programming block in Gaelic on BBC Two Scotland. Content includes De a nis, Gaelic comedy, documentaries, music, and current affairs Eòrpa.


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  • 31 December – First edition of the annual Scottish football comedy sketch show Only an Excuse? which is aired each Hogmanay.


  • After retaining its franchise unopposed on 16 October 1991, Scottish Television invests shares in various ITV companies and media firms, including a 25% stake in the newly launched breakfast strand GMTV.




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  1. ^ "Ident Central - Scottish television 1993-1996". Archived from the original on 26 October 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Fifty years on, STV set for studio switch". The Scotsman. 3 July 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ "ITV network cuts off the Scottish High Road". Herald Scotland. 3 June 1993. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "FUTURE OF 'TAKE THE HIGH ROAD' SERIES (EDM2107)". Edms.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Scots will still take the High Road". Herald Scotland. 17 June 1993. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Taking the high road all over Britain". Herald Scotland. 5 October 1993. Retrieved 29 April 2012.