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kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

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


I imagine Ant & Dec and other ITV stars will feel the same. For Ant & Dec you could say that Studio 2 at TLS was where they were noticed by the masses with SM:TV. A shame that they won't be able to use it for the 20th anniversary show later this year.


The SMTV special has been postponed (at least for this year).


Ant told Radio Times last month that "a studio" has been booked for the show with absolutely no mention of it being postponed. No idea where you got that from.



The article on the Radio Times website suggests it will be in around September this year:

www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-01-24/ant-and-dec-have-booked-studio-time-and-writers-for-the-smtv-revival/
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kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Arena

I noticed that last night's Imagine... Mel Brooks: Unwrapped used the Arena theme tune during the end credits.

This could suggest that Arena has been quietly axed after 43 years and merged with Imagine.

I realise that Arena's theme tune is Brian Eno's Another Green World, that could in theory be used on any tv programme, but given the similarity of Arena and Imagine, it does suggest that they may have merged the 2 programmes.
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

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

Is there a rumoured date yet when GMB, This Morning etc will move to temporary studios at Television Centre?

I would think Easter time would be when the move happens, as all of ITV daytime shows are off the air on Good Friday, Easter Monday and possibly Easter Tuesday, which would give them the right transition time to settle in to Studios 2 and 3 at Television Centre. No doubt new sets and production teams will be at Television Centre now preparing for all of this, but my guess would be Tuesday 3rd April or Wednesday 4th April 2018 will be it.


Why would GMB not be on air Easter Tuesday? There is no such thing as Easter Tuesday

There is actually:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Tuesday
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

CBBC Channel





Blue Peter will have its first new theme tune since the 2011 rebrand, composed by Banks & Wag. The new theme will be composed by Test^pattern

I couldn't really make it out. Mumbo-jumbo and mixed up with other themes.



It seemed to mostly consist of excerpts from previous theme tunes.

It may have just been composed for their 60th anniversary. I'd be surprised if it becomes a permanent theme tune.
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

London Live

However BBC London covers an area far larger than London - including lots of home counties areas - not that you'd know by watching the show...



That's also true for ITV London.

There are some home counties within the London region which would probably be better served by neighbouring regions, such as parts of Essex, which could be better served by Anglia/Look East, and parts of Berkshire, which could be better served by Meridian/BBC South.

I used to live in Reading, and parts of it were in the Meridian/BBC South region, and other parts were in the London region.
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

VIVA To Close & Be Replaced With MTV OMG?

I think all the MTV channels have their full logo in their own colour now, rather than the MTV logo remaining white like it used to be.


Yes, you're correct.

I was looking at the logos in the app which are the old logos and I forgot all about the changes on-screen - disregard the last bit then.


It is pretty unprofessional of Sky to still be using the old logos for the other channels.

Digiguide has still got old logos for all the MTV channels which include "Music Television" in the logo (although it's barely readable, given the size of the logos).
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

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

Meanwhile, as I asked previously in the GMB thread ... has ITV got (or when did ITV get) planning permission to redevelop the TLS site?


From the planning application on the Westminster city council website, it's not actually clear if they've got planning permission yet. Under decision, it says "no comment":

http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=OZ5G8ZRP27O00&activeTab=summary
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

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

So it won't be that long until ITV move out of South Bank....

However, when they do move back in, I doubt they'll produce a fabulous promo like this one from LWT!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAuQg1Jr2fE


I wonder if they'll make a programme to mark the closure of the studios, like they did when the old Granada studios closed.

Something tells me they won't, given that they're only being redeveloped, rather than being closed down and relocated. Probably won't even get a mention on ITV News London either, given that it comes from ITN, rather than the London Studios. Having said that, they did cover the closure of Fountain Studios, so you never know!
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

The new NEW Central West and BBC Midlands thread

29 years ago today Central News South launched.

As marked by Wesley Smith on twitter:



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kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

New Meridian, BBC South & South East Thread


They've been marking anniversaries from the start of the original local ITV company, Westward Television, so I'm not expecting them to mark anything for a few years yet.



It was Westcountry TV that marked those anniversaries, not what is now ITV News Westcountry.

My point was that given Westcountry TV doesn't exist anymore, and now comes from Bristol (from what was HTV West), it seems highly unlikely that ITV News Westcountry will mark any anniversaries of the Westward/TSW/Westcountry region in the future.


Actually it was Carlton that marked the 40th anniversary, Westcountry Television didn't really exist at that point either.

Back then, it was still Westcountry Television in all but name. It was the same operation coming from the same facilities, with the same staff. Although it was branded as Carlton Westcountry, technically it was still "Westcountry Television Limited", which remained as the legal company name (including the company name on the franchise) throughout the Carlton era.
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

New Meridian, BBC South & South East Thread

Similarly, I'm assuming ITV News Westcountry isn't marking Westcountry's 25th anniversary, and wouldn't expect them to, given that what was Westcountry Television doesn't exist anymore.


They've been marking anniversaries from the start of the original local ITV company, Westward Television, so I'm not expecting them to mark anything for a few years yet.



It was Westcountry TV that marked those anniversaries, not what is now ITV News Westcountry.

My point was that given Westcountry TV doesn't exist anymore, and now comes from Bristol (from what was HTV West), it seems highly unlikely that ITV News Westcountry will mark any anniversaries of the Westward/TSW/Westcountry region in the future.
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

New Meridian, BBC South & South East Thread


Former weatherman, Ron Lobeck, on the SE edition. Was it anyone different on the South edition? As I thought he only covered the SE? Plus, any reference to the former CNS area that wasn't part of the Meridian region in 1993!?

It was Nick Knowles on the Thames Valley edition, with no reference to Central News South.


Extremely poor to not have a token remark like when Thames Valley Tonight recovered a landmark birthday for independent television in the South. There was a line by Wesley along the lines of...''in the north of the region ATV became Central''



To be fair, 25 is a milestone anniversary for Meridian, whereas Central is 36 years old, and Central News South ended 11 years ago. The 50th anniversary of ITV in the South was only 2 years after the end of Central News South.

Similarly, I'm assuming ITV News Westcountry isn't marking Westcountry's 25th anniversary, and wouldn't expect them to, given that what was Westcountry Television doesn't exist anymore.
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

New Meridian, BBC South & South East Thread

There's an item coming up about Meridian's 25th anniversary, including an interview with a former presenter.


Former weatherman, Ron Lobeck, on the SE edition. Was it anyone different on the South edition? As I thought he only covered the SE? Plus, any reference to the former CNS area that wasn't part of the Meridian region in 1993!?

It was Nick Knowles on the Thames Valley edition, with no reference to Central News South.
kernow662 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Worst presentation of all time

The problem with the cake was its had been around for 12 years and been updated and updated and updated, What else could there have done with it? Could there have made the cake real life?


The Central presentation of the late 90s was basically a transitionary package designed with the intention of phasing-in the Carlton brand.

If Central hadn't been taken over by Carlton, things could have been very different, especially when you consider that the logos of the other ITV regions (such as those which ended up being owned by Granada) survived well into the 2000s, so the Cake may have ended up surviving in some shape or form.
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