ITV

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ITV
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Founded 22 September 1955
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Company ITV plc
Notable Series Coronation Street
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ITV is a British advertisment-supported television channel which broadcasts in England and Wales. Together with STV (in Scotland, formerly separate networks Grampian Television and Scottish Television) and UTV (in Northern Ireland, formerly Ulster Television), it makes up the largest of the commercial networks in the United Kingdom.

Technically the station comprises an association of regional broadcasters, however a series of mergers since 1992 has meant that in practice all of the regional franchises for England and Wales are now owned by a single company, ITV plc. The company is also the majority shareholder in the other ITV channels: ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV.

ITV contractors

Current contractors (with service region and date of first sign-on)

Station Region First sign-on date Notes
Carlton Television London weekdays (9:25 a.m. Monday-5:15 p.m. Friday) January 1, 1993 Although separately licenced from London Weekend Television, the two franchises have been known on-air as ITV London (previously ITV1 London) since 2002
ITV Anglia East of England October 27, 1959 Also serviced the Lincolnshire area until 1974, when it was transferred to Yorkshire Television's service area. Previously known as Anglia Television until 2004
ITV Border English-Scottish border and Isle of Man September 1, 1961 Previously known as Border Television until 2004
ITV Breakfast National breakfast franchise (6 a.m.-9:25 a.m.) January 1, 1993 Previously known as GMTV until September 3, 2010
ITV Central Midlands January 1, 1982 Previously known as Central Independent Television until 2004
ITV Channel Television Channel Islands September 1, 1962 Previously known simply as Channel Television until 2004
ITV Granada Northwest England May 3, 1956 Formerly serviced the North of England region on weekdays until the region was split into Northwest England and Yorkshire in 1968. Previously known as Granada Television until 2004
ITV Meridian South and Southeast England January 1, 1993 Previously known as Meridian Broadcasting until 2004
ITV Tyne Tees Northeast England January 15, 1959 Previously known as Tyne Tees Television until 2004
ITV Wales and West Wales and West of England May 20, 1968 Formerly operated as Harlech Television, 1968-1970, then as HTV until 2004; the Wales portion of HTV aired programming in English (as HTV Wales) and Welsh (as HTV Cymru) until the Welsh-language S4C went on-air on November 1, 1982
ITV Westcountry Southwest England January 1, 1993 Previously known as Westcountry Television until 2004
ITV Yorkshire Yorkshire July 29, 1968 Formerly serviced on weekdays by Granada Television and on weekends by ABC Television as part of the North of England region until the region was split in 1968; expanded service to Lincolnshire, formerly serviced by Anglia Television, in 1974. Previously known as Yorkshire Television until 2004
London Weekend Television London weekends (5:15 p.m. Friday-5:59 a.m. Monday) August 2, 1968 Formerly ran from 7 p.m. Friday to closedown Sunday night/Monday morning until 1982. Although separately licenced from Carlton Television, the two franchises have been known on-air as ITV London (previously ITV1 London) since 2002
STV Central Central Scotland August 31, 1957 Previously known as Scottish Television until 2006. Brands on-air as STV
STV North Northern Scotland September 30, 1961 Previously known as Grampian Television until 2006. Brands on-air as STV
UTV Northern Ireland October 31, 1959 Previously known as Ulster Television, 1959-1993

Former contractors (with service region and dates of operation)

Station Region Dates of operation Notes
ABC Television Midlands and North of England weekends February 18, 1956-July 28, 1968 (Midlands)
May 5, 1956-July 28, 1968 (North of England)
Merged with Rediffusion London to form Thames Television in 1968 as a condition of receiving the London weekday contract in the 1967 franchise round
Associated-Rediffusion London weekdays September 22, 1955-July 29, 1968 Later operated as Rediffusion London, 1964-1968; merged with ABC Television to form Thames Television in 1968 after ABC won the London weekday contract in the 1967 franchise round, as a condition of ABC's awarding of the contract
ATV Network London weekends and Midlands weekdays until 1968; Midlands all week after 1968 September 24, 1955-July 28, 1968 (London weekends)
February 17, 1956-July 26, 1968 (Midlands weekdays)
July 29, 1968-December 31, 1981 (Midlands all week)
Independent Television Service for Wales and the West Wales and West of England, English-language March 4-May 20, 1968 Served as an interim ITV contractor for the Wales and West of England region after TWW left the air until Harlech Television was ready to sign on
Southern Television South and Southeast England August 30, 1958-December 31, 1981
Thames Television London weekdays July 30, 1968-December 31, 1992 Ran from 6 a.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Friday until 1982, and from 9:25 a.m. Monday to 5:15 p.m. Friday after 1982
Teledu Cymru (Wales West and North Television) Wales, Welsh-language September 14, 1962-January 26, 1964 Merged with TWW
Television South West Southwest England January 1, 1982-December 31, 1992
Television South South and Southeast England January 1, 1982-December 31, 1992
Television Wales and the West Wales and West of England, English-language January 14, 1958-March 3, 1968
TV-am National breakfast franchise (6 a.m.-9:25 a.m.) February 1, 1983-December 31, 1992
Westward Television Southwest England April 29, 1961-December 31, 1981