Taggart: Ever-changing but always true to its roots

OVER its 28-year run, Taggart has changed its cast, format and length of episodes several times. Yet somehow the show has remained consistently itself, at some remove from the flashier, more American-influenced detective series elsewhere on British TV.

There'll be no more murrrrrders, as Taggart is axed

POLICE drama Taggart, part of Scotland's cultural fabric for nearly three decades, has been dropped by ITV.

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Unhealthy comparisons: ITV warns of earnings dip

REVENUES at ITV will ease this month and next as the UK's largest commercial broadcaster runs up against tough comparisons with the advertising frenzy driven by last year's airing of the Fifa World Cup.

Final credits rolling as TV dispute ends

With STV and ITV thrashing out final details of cash payments, the big picture looks brighter for viewers and investors, writes Kristy Dorsey

ITV chief to restore trust and talent

ITV boss Adam Crozier has said he will consider action to address the shortage of "creative talent" at the company's in-house production arm.

ITV and the drama of a company that refused to switch off

THE difference in atmosphere could not have been starker as Adam Crozier, dressed in his usual uniform of dark suit, light shirt and open collar, stepped up to the podium to address some of the Square Mile's brightest media minds on Wednesday.

Alliance Trust poised to exit FTSE 100 as ITV eyes promotion

ALLIANCE Trust could lose its place in the FTSE 100 index this week, while Aberdeen-based Wood Group along with a resurgent broadcaster ITV are tipped to be promoted.

ITV set to soar after World Cup factor kicks in

A STRONG rebound in television advertising is expected to help profits more than double at broadcaster ITV.

STV profit hike marred by fears over legal dispute

STV has withheld its dividend over the uncertainty surrounding a legal dispute with ITV that could cost it more than £21 million if it loses the case.

ITV has to apologise for 'F' word

ITV show This Morning has avoided a rebuke over presenter Ruth Langsford accidentally swearing on air.

Analysis: Popularity is always the driving force

IT IS traditional at this time of year for the whining ghosts of Christmases past to remind us that nothing on television these days can compete with the record-breaking ratings of the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Specials of the 1970s.

TV ratings on a 20-year high

TELEVISION has rarely been so popular. After the massive success of ITV's The X Factor, the BBC was last night celebrating one of its biggest viewing weekends for the last 20 years thanks to the popularity of two of the nation's most loved reality shows.

Coronation Street on move to new ITV complex

Coronation Street is to be completely rebuilt after ITV announced plans to create a huge new production complex.

Analysis: BBC wins, thanks to London input

You could have cut the excitement with an earthworm when BBC Scotland and STV announced their festive schedules. An air of "will this do?" permeated STV's offerings in particular: a Postcode Challenge Hogmanay Special with guests Craig Hill, Andy Cameron and Hi-De-Hi's Ruth Madoc? Oh please, you spoil us.

STV hints at U-turn over Downton Abbey

IT BECAME essential viewing in England but costume drama Downton Abbey was denied to Scots viewers, where new episodes of Taggart were broadcast instead.

Crozier proves he has the X Factor but warns of slowing ad revenue growth

THE return of The X Factor and last summer's football World Cup helped power a strong rebound in television advertising for ITV, which yesterday posted a 16 per cent boost in third-quarter revenues.

Christine Bleakley wins TV award despite ratings slump

TV PRESENTER Christine Bleakley has been crowned top TV host at a Women of the Year awards event - despite the flagging ratings of her Daybreak show on ITV.

ITV in plea to change ratings link advert rules

ITV appealed yesterday to be released from advertising sale restrictions it says have locked it into a "ratings rat race" at the expense of quality programmes.

TV presenter in swearing apology

TV PRESENTER Ruth Langsford has apologised after swearing on air yesterday.

Brian McNair: We can enjoy best of both TV worlds. Period

STV's decision not to broadcast Downton Abbey and a clutch of ITV network programmes was quietly announced at the end of July, sparking a heated debate only when eager Scottish viewers gearing up for a period drama with "quality" stamped all over it realised that they were getting instead a 15-year-old documentary featuring Billy Connolly prancing about in the Arctic. Naked. Again.

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