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STV suffers severe black-out

Scottish broadcaster STV fell off air causing blank screens in households across central and northern Scotland.

The channel was part way through a screening of a Harry Potter movie on Saturday evening, when the sudden power-related outage occured.

The internal power fault was so severe that STV was unable to provide an on-screen apology caption.

STV's Twitter team apologised to affected viewers, promising to return them to normal programmes "soon". Shortly thereafter, STV's various feeds in HD and SD to various parts of Scotland on satellite, cable and terrestrial were switched to ITV Border, which was carrying the same schedule, albeit with ITV branding.

STV+1 and online service STV Player were also impacted by the outage.

STV confirmed it managed to restore its own output across all platforms during the course of the evening.

Last updated: 22:25 20/10/2018