I know C4 did broadcast a Scotland soccer match one morning, during TV-am airtime on ITV, on behalf of STV, but I think that was networked.
Wait what? Was that sort of thing a bit of an exception at the time, or did C4 regularly end up as an overspill for ITV channels?
The match in question was Australia Vs Scotland, as such the kick off was 9:00am on a Wednesday, which ITV had the rights to, but was a bit of a logistical nightmare. Apparently it was also a normal Schools day for ITV too. I’m not too sure on the ins and outs but the match ended up being shown on Channel 4.
Without taking the thread too off topic it wasn’t too uncommon for the likes of Snooker, Athletics and Horse Racing to be shown on Channel 4 in its early years whilst being produced by ITV Sport. It was documented somewhere that Jeremy Issacs loathed the Snooker being shown on Channel 4.
Yes, I recall the snooker being shown in the afternoons on Channel 4 in 1984 - I presume coverage was shared between the two channels. Previously ITV would have pre-empted its usual afternoon schedule but evidently didn’t want to continue to do this. Channel 4 pretty much became the home of weekday racing from that year and it disappeared from ITV’s weekday schedules. I recall tennis on 4 too, as well as international sports like AFL, American Football and Baseball that hadn’t previously been shown in the UK (as far as I know).
As for regional opts, I believe these always occurred before startup or after closedown (though all I remember hearing about was a PPB shown on Scottish transmitters only. I’m not sure if this was broadcast by STV directly or via Charlotte Street (effectively being networked but unseen by viewers south of the border as their transmitters had closed down).
We have mentioned variations to schools programmes in Northern Ireland and Scotland - but I’m
unsure where these were actually played out from. It would be simple enough for UTV to opt out, but if STV did so they would have to somehow also feed Grampian and Border’s transmitters.
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