Scottish Media Group (SMG), the owners of Scottish TV, bought Grampian TV in 1997. Shortly following this, local continuity was centralised for both regions in Glasgow, and a lot of the Aberdeen-based staff left the station. From 28 February 2000, a unified branding was adopted across both Grampian and Scottish, and most junctions were simulcast, without reference to the station name. Where a junction required separate announcements for Grampian and Scottish, the announcement for Grampian was pre-recorded. All idents were used across both stations, and promos and information slides were uniform. Several of the original idents did not last the full three years of this particular look — notably Celtic Girl, Dogs, Glitterball, Mountain, and Tea Dance.
The logo was created by ISO Design, with music featured by Savalas. Idents were created by David Eustance.
Idents carried overnight on Scottish and Grampian carried no branding, and most nights the overnight service showed each other’s regional news programmes shortly before the ITV Morning News.
Night-Time – Chef
Night-Time – Waitress
Night-Time – Street