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STV’s licence has been extended to 2025, and the current Scottish Government has been clear that existing licences will be honoured at the point of independence. Viewers in the south of Scotland will continue to be served by ITV’s Borders franchise, but as part of the conditions of the renewal of that licence, ITV will now be obliged to transmit different programming to the south of Scotland and the north of England so that viewers in the south of Scotland have the same access to news and current affairs coverage about Scotland as the rest of Scotland.
These arrangements will ensure that Scottish audiences can continue to access programming such as Coronation Street and X-Factor.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.