I know it's not really pertitent to this thead, but does someone know the date/year ITV switched to widescreen?
I suppose that they launched WS transmission around 1998 (along with the BBC), but maybe WS graphics only came along with the 1999 new "Hearts" idents (both Granada and Carlton) etc.
Widescreen was late coming to ITV, and was piece meal. I remember Meridian's output on DTT
initially being nothing more than a soggy image derived from the analogue PAL output (same for C4 on D-Sat until Easter 1999, though DTT was component sourced from day 1)
Some network programmes on Meridian were 16:9 and component derived, but they were messily patched over
from PAL, (and back again) during the credits. Can't remember what happened about the ad breaks on those shows ? I don't think either LNN or Meridian (who at that time played out Anglia and HTV West) had proper 16:9/component playout until well into 1999 ?