Scottish TV set for new home

Scottish Television plans to move to new purpose-built studios at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay by the summer of 2006.

Owner Scottish Media Group is poised to sell its TV premises at Cowcaddens, Glasgow, for £5m, for a housing development.

BBC Scotland has already got planning permission for a £50m-plus new digital HQ at Pacific Quay, and hopes to move in by mid-2007.

And the Pacific Quay developers are hoping the arrival of SMG and the BBC will encourage smaller production companies, and other TV and media organisations, including Channel 4, to create a digital media village.

In a notice to staff, Donald Emslie, chief executive of SMG Television, which also owns Grampian, said the company was working on a back-toback deal with a developer who would buy the Cowcaddens site and provide, under lease, a customised building at Pacific Quay.

Emslie said: “In overall terms, negotiations are now at an advanced stage.

If things go well, we would hope to reach agreement with the developer on the commercial aspects of the deal by the end of March.”

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