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RNCYDodge

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ITV stations that lost their franchise

If I remember correctly, TWW threw a hissy fit by ending its broadcast operations early when they found out they lost out in the 1967 franchise round to Lord Harlech.

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ITV1 IDs in 2002: The Demise of Regionalism

On this day, eighteen years ago, it was the most inevitable day in ITV history. That's right, folks. 28th October 2002 was the day in which regional ITV franchise names and logos were completely removed and replaced with one single ITV1 logo. The regional names were relegated to only be shown before local programmes. Around that same time, regional continuity teams were ousted to be replaced with a single national continuity team based in London. However, the most inevitable thing that ever happened was that on this day, eighteen years ago, the regional logos and idents were all ditched to be replaced by a new batch of idents, which featured celebrities from various ITV1 shows interacting in a backstage studio environment. For me, this change was absolutely dreadful, because this day marked the start of the catalyst of changes for Granada and Carlton that would ultimately result in Carlton and Granada merging to become ITV plc two years later. This move was quite inevitable in all ways.