He said: "I have no idea why this story has
surfaced again. I can only imagine it was because
of the Queens recent visit to Scottish
TV. This story of High Road being axed first
came about when we published our annual review
a few months ago.
"In that review we said that we will be evaluating
every aspect of our output next year and the
situation has not changed at all since then.
"Episodes of High Road have been shot and recorded
and the programme is guaranteed until December
High Road first hit the screens in 1977.
The goings on in the fictional village of Glendarroch
have since spawned an intensely loyal following.
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Among the fans is the Queen Mother, who loves
the antics of characters such as local busybody
Mrs Mack, the MacDonalds and Isobel Blair.
During the Queens recent visit to Scotland
she asked to watch a scene from the soap being
performed and filmed live, but whether that
scene will ever make it on to television is
Andy Cameron, who plays Chic Cherry in the soap,
has hit out at any plans to chop the soap after
2002 saying that filming has currently stopped
and nothing has been said to them about when
filming will resume.
He believes that Scottish TV would find it difficult
to fill the gap left in its schedule by the
loss of High Road.
However, BBC Scotland has its own new soap planned.
Any decision to axe High Road could be seen
as Scottish TV cutting back before its audience
is lured over by the new BBC Scotland show currently
being developed at Queen Margaret Drive.
But Mr Ross said: "Our decision over the future
of High Road will not be influenced by the new
BBC soap opera in any way.
" We have absolutely no concerns about their
drama and genuinely hope that it does well.
High Road currently attracts fewer than one
million viewers in Scotland and was taken off
the ITV network in 1993 with only three months
At that time the soaps future looked doomed,
but the then head of programming at STV, Eileen
Gallagher, introduced a raft of new writers,
spiced up the storylines and staged a "Save
Our Soap" rally in Glasgows St Georges