Scottish Television (also known as STV) is Scotland's largest ITV franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since 31 August 1957. It is the second oldest ITV franchisee still active (Granada Television being the oldest). The channel is now owned and operated by STV Group plc (formerly SMG plc) under the licensee Scottish Television Limited.
Scottish Television produces news its transmission region (STV News at Six) along with current affairs, politics and sports programmes for Central Scotland. Along with Grampian Television, Tyne Tees Television, and Border Television, Scottish Television is a commercial rival to the publicly funded national broadcaster, BBC Scotland, and is based alongside its studios at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.