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New Sky commission as STV in good shape

Rob WoodwardSTV will tell shareholders today that trading is in line with expectations and that its production division has secured a recommission from Sky.

It will produce a second eight-episode series of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours.

The company said the business has continued to perform well and has delivered a positive start to 2016.

Trading during the first quarter was in line with expectations. In Q2, STV national revenues are expected to be flat whilst regional revenues are expected to be up 12%.  

Overall for the first half total airtime revenues are expected to be up 2%, with national airtime revenues expected to be down 1% and regional airtime revenues continuing to perform strongly, up 23%.

Digital revenues also continue to perform strongly, up 25% in Q1 and Q2 and this rate is expected to be maintained in the year ahead.

The productions business has had a good start to 2016 with revenues secured for delivery in 2016 above the level achieved for the whole of 2015. The business continues to have a strong pipeline of development activity for 2016.

Progress has been made on the 2015 valuation of the defined benefit pension schemes and it is expected that this process will conclude by the end of the second quarter.

Rob Woodward (pictured), chief executive, said: “We have made a positive start to 2016 with the launch of an enhanced digital news service within the STV Family of consumer services. 

“We are particularly pleased with the strong growth in our digital and regional revenues.  STV Productions has a strong pipeline for delivery and a number of re-commissions, including today’s announcement of a re-commission for Sky, have been announced.  

“We continue to deliver against our growth KPIs and continue to deliver value to shareholders.”

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