Local programming was pooled between Yorkshire and Tyne Tees, and the ITC at one point did raise concerns according to an article about Tyne Tees continuity, on Transdiffusion.
Apparently Tyne Tees were made to apologise on air for the mess that was continuity in 1993. Snippets of YTV idents were often seen, and their announcements sometimes heard at the same time as Tyne Tees were making theirs.
Indeed, although this wasn't the reason the ITC got involved. The presentation problems at the start of 1993 (caused by YTV sending a partially dirty feed to TTT and putting YTV elements to air without proper warning - they'd play out a TT branded promo then cut back to the YTV feed before TT had chance to opt out being one example) were enough for the ITC demand that TTT apologised several times per day during April/May 1993.
These problems were mostly fixed by around April of that year with YTV sending a mostly clean feed (there were some issues with unsynched switching of sources, which were made much worse when Bilsdale was used to test the new Leeds pres suite, and the TT feed was sent to the transmitter through Leeds resulting in sound and vision glitches every time the sync was lost). There were further teething problems when the Leeds centre opened but that's a different story.
However it was the failure to fulfill key licence commitments, coupled with moves to switch off key departments in Newcastle and a complete mess made of ad-sales which put the company in breach of rules, that resulted in the ITC threatening to revoke licences and demanding changes at the company, which resulted in Ward Thomas coming out of retirement to steady the ship.
The irony was that YTV's plans were no different to Granada's proposals when they bid for the NE franchise.
Last edited by ttt on 15 December 2018 2:42am