STV to continue making Taggart

Scottish media group STV said that a new series of police drama Taggart would be produced next year even if ITV refuse to re-commission it.

Taggart has still not been re-commissioned by ITV for the next year and negotiations are going on over the future of the contract.

The dispute emerged earlier this year when ITV launched £38 million legal action against STV over claims of unpaid fees.

But STV retaliated by launching a £35 million counter claim over alleged abuses in ad sales and video-on-demand rights.

Speaking on the issue, Rob Woodward, CEO of STV said, "It is essential that we protect and secure STV's rights within the Channel 3 Network."

Glasgow-based STV said the failure to secure a re-commission for the crime drama had already cost it £2 million.

Taggart was first air in 1983 and starred Mark McManus in the title role until his death in 1994.