Grade spurned over single ITV

STV and UTV, the two UK regional franchise holders of ITV licences, have told Ofcom, the British broadcast regulator, that they wanted nothing to do with a single nationwide licence for Channel 3 in the UK.

The idea was floated by Michael Grade, executive chairman of ITV, in recent remarks at a Royal Television Society. Rob Woodward, chief executive of STV, which owns the Scottish and Grampian franchises, told the Financial Times: "The idea of a single ITV at a time of Scottish devolution seems to run completely counter to both political and social trends in this country."

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