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Si-Co2,266 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Bruce Gyngell telling us how wonderful Regional ITV is:


Funny that London's offerings were still split between Trevor Phillips on LWT, and a very stiff-looking Alastair Stewart and Mary Nightingale claiming all of London Tonight for Carlton. (The IRA bomb at South Quay on the Isle of Dogs referred to in their video was on a Friday night, when Carlton had finished for the week.)

I find it strange that Alastair Stewart referred only to “every weeknight on Carlton”, when of course London Tonight was shown in LWT’s airtime on the Friday. Wasn’t LNN a JV between the two companies?

Mike Neville’s reference to “Channel 3” is very jarring. Why not “Channel 3 North East”? Rarely was Tyne Tees ever referred to on air just as “Channel 3”!
Si-Co2,266 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
A 1993 startup from Meridian and an observation and question:

Notice at the start of the clip there’s a brief flash of Carlton pres after the GMTV endcap fades out. I know that GMTV was distributed differently to TVam due to the regional news inserts, but why would Meridian be taking what I assume is a dirty feed of Carlton London? The trailers of TM/TTTP and indeed everything during the morning used to be networked to all via Granada, regardless of originating companies (borne out in Thames’s internal paperwork from 1992), though the feed was free of local Granada pres (I assume the TM trail was the first thing on the feed). Had this changed in 1993 and the morning programmes were routed via Carlton or, as GMTV came from TLS, did they get on air via CAR/LWT? Neither scenario would really explain the dirty feed though.
Inspector Sands14,272 posts since 25 Aug 2004
GMTV was played out by LNN, the same as Carlton and LWT. So their TX suite's output would just have presumably just played the end of GMTV, a few seconds of black then the start of Carlton. That is what we saw in London.

So presumably either Meridian weren't quick enough to opt out/switch away or LNN for whatever reason didn't leave as much gap. The 1 second doesn't seem that much to me

It could be that they were getting it by an unusual route and normally the output of GMTV sent to them was clean of London output, but on that day it wasn't.

It was only a few weeks into the new arrangement so I imagine there would have been a few teething troubles
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Brekkie33,294 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
So guessing that was a Bank Holiday Monday, but even so strange for BBC2 to have a news summary in the morning. I thought they only had them in the afternoon, with BBC1 airing the morning summaries. Guessing CBBC was probably on BBC1.
Last edited by Brekkie on 20 January 2020 11:27pm
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