In the US they have local affiliates of national TV networks. A similar system was never used in the UK because instead the IBA had programme contractors.
CTV was technically the closest programme contractor to an affiliate because of its small size, monodirectional video link, and that it produced next to nothing for the network. Second in line was Ulster which did have a bidirectional video link and networked a programme once in a blue moon.
CTV seems to be the closest thing that the UK to had/have community access television. It was as if it's main role was unifying the islands during great stress.
Last edited by Ne1L C on 9 July 2019 6:41pm