Ex-ITN chief Mark Wood joins Scottish News Consortium
The Scottish News Consortium, includes DC Thomson, Herald & Times Group, Johnston Press, owners of The Scotsman, and Tinopolis, an independent media producer.
Scots broadcaster STV leads a rival bid with ITN and Bauer Media. Wood was ITN's chief executive from June 2003 to March 2009, and previously its chairman.
A Scottish News Consortium spokesman said: "Mark brings experience at the most senior levels in British television news and a sophisticated understanding of the multi-platform world."
Bidding closes on 2 March, and the winner will be announced on 25 March. The pilot scheme will be funded from the section of BBC licence fee currently allocated to digital TV switchover.