Neil Jones

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Subtitle colours

I used to like pressing MIX on 888 because the background disappeared and you got clear Teletext subtitles and it looked a little better, and also slightly futuristic.

I never had a TV that could do that. But then out of all the Teletext TVs that I've had, they all had individual text quirks that weren't always replicated across the others. One TV cached a large chunk of the pages in one go which made it super fast, while another allowed me to go "up" and "down" the normally inaccessible pages like those with a letter in them (which was good for cheating at Bamboozle Very Happy).

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ITV presentation refresh in the New Year

For someone who's big on branding, there's a rather curious reference to "ITV 1" at 11:02. Could it be that the January revamp will see the reintroduction of ITV 1 branding?

I wouldn't read too much into that. I've heard the main channel referred to as ITV1 internally to differentiate from the rest of the group.

I can hear the future conversations now… "We have ITV2, 3 and 4, but no ITV1. We call it ITV1, so why isn't it called ITV1?"

Hmm, 2019 ITV1.
2030 "Let's go back to ITV as ITV1 has failed".
2036 "I fancy ITV1 again."
2050 "Nah, ITV1 failed again, let's go back (again) to ITV."
2055 "ITV for our 100th birthday, let's go back to ITV1 next year."

Rinse and repeat.