2011 in Scottish television

This is a list of events in Scottish television from 2011.

List of years in Scottish television (table)



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  • 24 April – In an open letter to The Sunday Herald, a group of 20 Scottish artists, writers, comedians, actors and musicians, including Alan Cumming, AL Kennedy and Mark Millar urge the UK Government to establish a publicly funded Scottish digital television channel. The Government has previously ruled the prospect out until 2017.[2]
  • 27 April – ITV plc and STV settle their legal dispute, with the former receiving £18 million from STV.[3][4]


  • 5 May – Coverage of the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.
  • 12 May – ITV axes the Scottish police drama Taggart after 28 years, citing poor viewing figures in other parts of the UK.[5]
  • 21 May – The BBC says that due to bandwidth restrictions on Freeview, the launch of BBC Alba will require all but three of its radio stations to stop broadcasting on the platform in Scotland while the Gaelic language TV channel is on air. The stations unaffected are BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC 6 Music.[6]
  • 23 May – The Gaelic language television station TeleG closes after twelve years on air.
  • May – Separate half-hour editions of STV News at Six for the East and West are launched along with localised late night news bulletins each weeknight.



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  • 23 August – As part of its strategy to increase network programming output from Scotland, the BBC confirms that filming of the BBC One school drama, Waterloo Road will be moved to Scotland from April 2012.[8]


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Returning this yearEdit

  • 4 September – STV Rugby (2009–2010; 2011–present)

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Craig Oliver's first appearance on camera". STV News. STV. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  2. ^ McCracken, Edd (23 April 2011). "Scotland needs its own digital TV channel, say country's top artists". The Herald. Newsquest. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  3. ^ "STV agrees 18 million stg legal settlement with ITV". London South East. Reuters. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  4. ^ "STV ends legal stand-off with ITV". BBC News.
  5. ^ McIvor, Jamie (12 May 2011). "Taggart police drama axed by ITV". BBC Scotland News. BBC. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Radio stations given Freeview reprieve over BBC Alba". BBC News. BBC. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  7. ^ "BBC Executive priorities and summary workplan for 2011/12" (PDF). BBC Online. 6 June 2011. p. 11. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  8. ^ "BBC switches Waterloo Road production to Scotland". BBC News. BBC. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Ident Central" Scotland Tonight". Archived from the original on 13 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.