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kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

UKTV channels set to leave Virgin Media on Sunday

How common were laundrettes in the 1980s? There's still many around today albeit machines are so cheap and economical to run in the home that you'd have thought the concept of a laundrette today is an anachronism in a row of shops. But then you could make the same argument for other services like libraries, supermarkets and newsagents, these survive primarily because a library is a legal requirement, we all have to eat and newsagents diversified to sell more than newspapers and magazines.

Sadly, libraries are not legal requirements. Many have closed down recently, and many more are facing closure, primarily due to local council budget cuts.
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kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

UKTV channels set to leave Virgin Media on Sunday

According to Drama’s Facebook page, they are currently in talks with Virgin about repeating some of the programmes that were missed.

I was hoping to keep all of the early EastEnders on my TiVo (well, as many as are shown and it can store!). So I’d be pleased if the first ten episodes do get shown again!

They could just make them available on UKTV play (if they're not already there).


All of the episodes of EastEnders shown so far are available on catch-up on Sky.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

The Wright Stuff from ITN

The new name of the show when Jeremy Vine takes over is.... 'Jeremy Vine'


It's at times like this I wish there was an "FFS" button next to the Kudos button...

EDIT: Realistically, I never expected a "Vine"-pun title or similar, but at least something like a generic/bland title (e.g. "Live Talk" or similar) suffixed with the words "...with Jeremy Vine" would have been something . Or even just flanking his name with the words "The" and "Show", or similar.

Literally. Just. His. Name?!

Really, ITN?! Rolling Eyes Thumbs down

Channel 5 probably had more of a say in the name than ITN.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Trouble at Vintage TV?

The "live" online stream seems to be anything but live.

According to the listings, it should currently be showing "Tune in to 1985", but is currently showing music videos from various years.

A promo has also just been shown for Neil McCormick's Needle Time: Kevin Rowland, which stated it was on tonight at 10:30pm. According to the schedule, this was due to be shown yesterday at 10:30pm.

The online stream also doesn't appear to be showing any adverts.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Trouble at Vintage TV?

Vintage TV's Facebook page is still posting regular updates about upcoming programmes, based on the tv schedule, including broadcast times, which are getting angry responses from some viewers. The most recent of these was at 11am today.

All of their posts are added either on the hour or half past, so maybe they're automatically generated posts which haven't been turned off yet.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Trouble at Vintage TV?

Just discovered there's a Canadian version of Vintage TV, which operates on cable TV, and the owner of Vintage TV UK is the largest shareholder.

Maybe the plan is to merge the 2 channels, or turn the UK channel into a simulcast of the Canadian version, in an effort to save money.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Trouble at Vintage TV?

Sounds like the beginning of the end for what is one of the better music channels, especially after leaving freesat and now freeview.

I've had Vintage TV tuned in via other channels on Freesat since it left the EPG, and it isn't even broadcasting anymore.

Sounds like it could be becoming an online-only channel. With the loss of advertising revenue (which will outweigh the savings from not paying Sky's carriage costs), I honestly can't see it surviving as an online-only channel, especially given that they don't currently show any adverts in their online programmes.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

50th Anniversary of London Weekend Television

Today marks 50 Years since London Weekend Television first went on air on 2nd August 1968, in a week that's also seen the 50th anniversaries of Yorkshire Television and Thames Television.

It seems rather poignant and sad that this anniversary comes just a few months after the closure of LWT's iconic studios, and really is the end of an era.


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kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

The Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Thread

I do feel for them though, that was an hour long programme really. The rigidity of the ITV structure means they have no other opportunity to do such a programme.



There was a regional opt-out a few years ago (which I think was in Yorkshire), which I think was to mark the anniversary of a major news event (can't remember what it was), in a post-news at ten slot, so opt-outs can still happen in the English regions, but are a very rare event nowadays.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Movies4men AND other Freeview channels

Chart Show TV has just left Freesat with no warning, but is still available on Sky.

There is now only 1 CSC channel left on Freesat (The Vault), out of a total of only 4 remaining music channels. Keep It Country is on 516 on Freesat, which shows how many music channels freesat used to have.

CSC used to have 6 channels on Freesat, and still have all 5 remaining channels on Sky.

Vintage TV also left freesat a few weeks ago, citing increased carriage fees as the reason. Maybe this is the reason for Chart Show TV leaving as well, together with the other CSC channels leaving in the past, but seems a bit odd for them to remove their flagship channel, or maybe it isn't anymore. Maybe the Vault gets higher viewing figures these days, with the various non-music shows it is increasingly showing.
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kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

ITV to demolish and rebuild South Bank site, TLS to close

This Thursday would have been a good day to show the London Studios tribute documentary, as it would mark the 50th anniversary of LWT, which started broadcasting on 2nd August 1968.

ITV feel there would not have been a large enough audience for the special at this time of year. This is the lean season for television, with repeats and films filling the main schedules, until the big shows rev up in late August.

Goodbye Granadaland was shown in the middle of June (Saturday 15th June 2013 at 8:30pm), so a similar time of year, so can't see any reason why they couldn't have shown the London Studios programme this week.
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

50th Anniversary of Thames Television

Today marks 50 Years since Thames Television first went on air on 30th July 1968..

This has gone largely unnoticed today. I only heard about it from an email from Network DVD. There's no mention of it on the official Thames website or twitter account (there's a few posts about it on unofficial facebook pages), and I suppose that's partly because the Thames TV of today is a completely company from that of 50 Years ago.
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kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

UKTV channels set to leave Virgin Media on Sunday

If ITV pull the main channel from Virgin, could they use STV? I'm guessing there's something blocking that in their affiliate agreement.

Surely STV don't have a licence to broadcast in the rest of the UK, other than their own area?

They wouldn't have much of a schedule, and they don't have any structure to sell advertising outside their own area.

Technically, no, although STV is broadcast to the whole of the UK via satellite (although it's only viewable outside Scotland via manual tuning).
kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

UKTV channels set to leave Virgin Media on Sunday

The loss of the UKTV channels could have catastrophic knock-on effects for Virgin Media if they don't get reinstated.

If they lose a lot of subscribers, advertising revenues for the remaining channels could decrease as a result of decreasing viewing figures.

With Virgin Media having a lower income from viewer subscriptions, combined with lower viewing figures, there will be less money on offer for other channels, so they could end up losing more channels and viewers, which could end up becoming an unstoppable downward spiral.
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kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

ITV to demolish and rebuild South Bank site, TLS to close

I’m not sure I like the idea of Dermot O’leary’s style of presenting hosting this, it’ll all be done in that ironic sarcastic style, I’d like to have seen someone maybe a bit older who is likely to talk about the older LWT stuff as if they’d actually watched it.


He's 45 years old! LWT had only been going for five years when he was born.



I can't see any problem with Dermot O'Leary presenting this.

Peter Kay presented Goodbye Granadaland. The Granada studios were completed in 1962, and Peter Kay wasn't born until 1973. I don't recall any complaints on here at the time about the choice of presenter.
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kernow782 posts since 18 Jan 2006

ITV to demolish and rebuild South Bank site, TLS to close


I think it was mentioned on here a while ago that Ant & Dec would be recording a programme about the London Studios.


Has that been shelved due to the frailties of Mr McPartlin, or was the notion of making such a programme dropped irrespective of presenter(s)?


When typed into google the name of the show....

"Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the programme will takes viewers on a trip down memory lane, revisiting some of the best-loved shows filmed at the famous studios ..."

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=The+London+Studios&safe=strict&source=lnt&tbs=qdr:m&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXqMH22bfcAhUpIcAKHSbVDosQpwUIIQ&biw=1440&bih=709

That's dated 2nd July 2018, so looks like they were planning something until quite recently.