We are pleased to announce a special new interview with CEO Rob Woodward, of STV Group Plc. which trades on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol STVG.L
STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand.
STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.5 million viewers each month with first class programming including soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, strong home-grown productions and the most comprehensive local news service in the UK.
STV also delivers city TV for Scotland’s largest cities. STV Glasgow launched in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh launched in January 2015. Both channels are available on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and, combined, reach 850,000 viewers each month making them one of the top 30 best watched commercial channels in the broadcast area.
STV’s digital business incorporates Scotland’s most popular commercial media website, stv.tv, and includes an enhanced digital news app serving consumers local, national and international news as well as features, sport and weather in one place. The STV Player offers consumers within STV’s licence areas in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy programmes live or on catch-up.
STV content is available across platforms including iOS, Android, Windows 8, YouView and Samsung Smart TV.
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth.
The company has a record of success across a range of genres, including drama, entertainment and factual, for a wide range of broadcasters. Ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has run for fourteen series on the BBC, along with a further six series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. In entertainment, the company has produced five series of Catchphrase for ITV, and two series of Safeword for ITV2, as well as new reality format Tour de Celeb for Channel 5 and The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel W.
Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2 and Life After: Chernobyl for Animal Planet US.
In documentaries, Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Other STV Productions documentaries include: Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two; Prison: First and Last 24 hours, with a second eight-part series in production for Sky1; The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel and ITV; The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV; Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4;; Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2; and The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel.
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus with ambitions to build on this reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV. It currently has a number of script commissions from the BBC and ITV.
STV Productions has a partnership with Red Arrow International which co-invests in and co-develops projects as well as distributing STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats outside the UK.
In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with GroupM Entertainment Ltd to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.
About Rob Woodward
Appointed to the Board in February 2007. Previously, Rob was Commercial Director of Channel 4 Television Corporation and on the main board. He achieved a dramatic turnaround of legacy businesses and built a set of successful new media and digital businesses. Rob was previously an MD of UBS Warburg and global COO of corporate finance in Media and Communications. Prior to this he was Managing Partner of Deloitte’s European Telecoms Media and Technology business and UK strategy consulting practice. Rob is a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal and also a Trustee of the Royal Television Society. Rob was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of City University London in February 2012 and is a non-executive director of Blancco Technology. In November 2014 Rob was appointed Chairman of the Developing the Young Workforce National Group, which will lead work to support employer involvement in developing Scotland’s young workforce.