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MR
mr_vivian
Millionaire had its own website as well.
The ill-fated ITV Day of Promise had its own website as well which was at the clumsy itv.yearofpromise.co.uk address.

Mind you, the BBC were giving out web addresses on the air like this in 1995:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM_ruBwYGtg


That's hilarious. BBCNC though? What was all that about? Actually don't answer that - this topic is UTV.
VM
VMPhil
BBC Networking Club IIRC. In the days when the Internet/web was seen less as a mass medium and more of a hobby along the lines of ham radio and other anorak-y things

Then it became bbc.co.uk and beeb.com for a while before they settled on bbc.co.uk for everything
VM
VMPhil
Incidentally the term iTV was bounded around as a rumoured Apple Television (as in a TV set). It never happened like that, though Apple Television does exist as a streaming service.

iTV was the original codename for the eventually-named Apple TV set top box. It wasn't a secret, it was the publicly announced name at a Steve Jobs keynote and everything, when the product was a "sneak peak" and not yet finalised:

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Apparently, the fear of legal action from our ITV was indeed the reason why Apple went with the eventual name: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2010/08/13/itv


Before there was an agreed policy on how to promote the website, you'd have This Morning directing the viewer to itv-thismorning.co.uk and CITV pushing citv.co.uk. As with everything in the ITV network, it was all about money and trying to get traffic directly to their product. I think eventually it was agreed to only plug itv.co.uk, which wasn't ideal as it wasn't the best homepage to navigate so you'd be ages looking for the home page for Popstars.

I know I've mentioned this before but CITV was the only one that didn't really get behind this - itv.com/citv for many years simply redirected to citv.co.uk, and programme websites again were simply redirects to the production company's site (complete with frames with a CITV navbar at the top!). I distinctly remember both The Big Bang and Brilliant Creatures having their own dedicated sites complete with separate sections for various series over the years.
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steddenm
Coronation Street had its own website too at www.coronationstreet.co.uk and www.corrie.co.uk and Emmerdale was www.emmerdale.co.uk
WH
Whataday Founding member
Coronation Street had its own website too at www.coronationstreet.co.uk and www.corrie.co.uk and Emmerdale was www.emmerdale.co.uk


I'm pretty sure there were guidelines that said ITV had to be used in the address of any domain, which is why I think we used to get itv.coronationstreet.co.uk at one point.

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Mind you, the BBC were giving out web addresses on the air like this in 1995:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM_ruBwYGtg


Going way off topic, but to complete the conversation, here's the homepage for BBCNC:

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and here's "ITV Online", the first ITV website.

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and, just to bring us back on topic (ish) here's UTV's first website which shows the ITV logo that was present on all regional sites linking back to ITV.co.uk

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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
Before there was an agreed policy on how to promote the website, you'd have This Morning directing the viewer to itv-thismorning.co.uk and CITV pushing citv.co.uk. As with everything in the ITV network, it was all about money and trying to get traffic directly to their product. I think eventually it was agreed to only plug itv.co.uk, which wasn't ideal as it wasn't the best homepage to navigate so you'd be ages looking for the home page for Popstars.

I know I've mentioned this before but CITV was the only one that didn't really get behind this - itv.com/citv for many years simply redirected to citv.co.uk, and programme websites again were simply redirects to the production company's site (complete with frames with a CITV navbar at the top!). I distinctly remember both The Big Bang and Brilliant Creatures having their own dedicated sites complete with separate sections for various series over the years.


Art Attack, My Parents Are Aliens and even Children's Ward behaved like this. The Art Attack website is still online today (I'm referring to the website for the CITV Art Attack, not the Disney Junior version). Most of the others are long gone, unfortunately. I do remember the Children's Ward site, when it closed, stuck a banner on it that said "gone forever" in the Children's Ward font.
BC
Blake Connolly Founding member
Millionaire had its own website as well.
The ill-fated ITV Day of Promise had its own website as well which was at the clumsy itv.yearofpromise.co.uk address.

Mind you, the BBC were giving out web addresses on the air like this in 1995:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM_ruBwYGtg


There was also this:
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VM
VMPhil
Before there was an agreed policy on how to promote the website, you'd have This Morning directing the viewer to itv-thismorning.co.uk and CITV pushing citv.co.uk. As with everything in the ITV network, it was all about money and trying to get traffic directly to their product. I think eventually it was agreed to only plug itv.co.uk, which wasn't ideal as it wasn't the best homepage to navigate so you'd be ages looking for the home page for Popstars.

I know I've mentioned this before but CITV was the only one that didn't really get behind this - itv.com/citv for many years simply redirected to citv.co.uk, and programme websites again were simply redirects to the production company's site (complete with frames with a CITV navbar at the top!). I distinctly remember both The Big Bang and Brilliant Creatures having their own dedicated sites complete with separate sections for various series over the years.


Art Attack, My Parents Are Aliens and even Children's Ward behaved like this. The Art Attack website is still online today (I'm referring to the website for the CITV Art Attack, not the Disney Junior version). Most of the others are long gone, unfortunately. I do remember the Children's Ward site, when it closed, stuck a banner on it that said "gone forever" in the Children's Ward font.

When SMTV finished, I remember they replaced the website with a very creepy message that simply said the SMTV website had closed.

http://web.archive.org/web/20040509004705/http://www.smtvlive.co.uk/SMTVFINISHED/index.htm

If you look at the source you can see it was actually made in Word 97!

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…and just to prove that even by 2004 a new CITV show would still get its own separately designed website rather than a subsite on itv.com, here's the Ministry of Mayhem site at ministryofmayhem.com

http://web.archive.org/web/20040713001321/http://www.ministryofmayhem.com/
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TV Forum Team
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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
I can't remember what the web address was for the Children's Ward website as I wanted to remind myself what the closing message was on its website. The CITV website (when it was at citv.co.uk in the early years) isn't particularly Wayback Machine friendly, though when it was redirected to citv.co.uk from itv.com/citv, that's all there.

I suspect the Childrens Ward website lived on granadakids.com somewhere, but in the meantime here's the old My Parents Are Aliens website from before the total reboot of 2006:
http://web.archive.org/web/20050831214619/http://granadakids.com/aliens/

But anyway. citv.co.uk I remember was farmed out and run independently before it was bought in house, and the wayback machine archives seems to be suggesting citv.co.uk was the main site (as a redirect from ITV's site) until 2012, then the redirects were reversed.
WH
Whataday Founding member
Granada Kids didn't exist at the time, it was still Granada Media Children's.

As with most Granada Media websites, it was a sensible domain: www.childrensward.co.uk, but unfortunately the message on the website has not been kept by Wayback Machine as it was an image.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
Granada Kids didn't exist at the time, it was still Granada Media Children's.


Might be why I couldn't find it. Smile

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As with most Granada Media websites, it was a sensible domain: www.childrensward.co.uk, but unfortunately the message on the website has not been kept by Wayback Machine as it was an image.


Shame. Ah well, never mind. Thanks for the heads-up on the web address, appreciate it. Smile I think I saw something on the Wayback Machine that pointed to the granadakids.com for every Granada show and thought it went further back than it did.

I note they kept that "gone forever" message up for best part of two years and most of 2001 appears to have been spent either waiting for a repeat or a new commission that never came, as the closing image is in the archive from September.

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