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The 50th Anniversary of ITV and ITN

Special birthday weekend planned (May 2004)

YO
yogibarney Granada North West Today
I've been told by someone i know at one of studios in the north of england that there are hoping that granada plus will get itv branding at the same and there are no concrete plans to men and motors until they sort out a deal with sky
LO
Londoner Recently warned London London
ITV's press release from last month
Quote:
ITV PLANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS FOR 2005

ITV will be marking its 50th anniversary in 2005 with a line up of specially commissioned programmes and nationwide events on and off screen celebrating the networkís history and regional roots.

Full details of programmes commissioned to commemorate the anniversary will be unveiled later this year but on-air celebrations will include a star-studded gala event honouring ITVís biggest names past and present, a showcase of the nationís favourite ITV programmes from across the years and a series of regional programmes celebrating the diversity of ITVís regional companies.

Viewers will be able to see some of the best programmes from ITV's vast library throughout 2004 on ITV 3 - the networkís new channel which launches later this year. Melvyn Bragg will present a landmark five part series entitled The History of ITV on ITV1. 49-Up, the latest instalment in the long-running documentary series that started on ITV in 1964, will also return to ITV in 2005.

A large scale programme of on and off air activities, both regional and national will be overseen by Liam Hamilton who takes on a new role as Events Controller, ITVís 50th Anniversary Commemoration, reporting to Nigel Pickard, Director of Programmes at ITV and working closely with Charles Allen, Chief Executive of ITV plc.

Nigel Pickard said: ďThis is an enormous undertaking and we are delighted to have someone with Liamís experience and professionalism to take it on.

ďWe want this to be a celebration that everyone across ITVís nationwide regions can join in with and enjoy. Itís an ambitious and demanding project to which Liam will bring a huge amount of enthusiasm, creativity and skill.Ē

Liam Hamilton said: ďThis is a unique opportunity for us to remind the nation of the breadth and depth ITVís stunning archive of popular programming. Itís also a fantastic opportunity for me to work on such an important, landmark event.Ē

ITVís Granada franchise was the first to start broadcasting in 1955. Since then the company has become the most popular commercial channel in Britain, watched by an average of around 45 million people a week. ITV is now made up of a network of 15 different regional licences each with its own set of obligations and conditions designed to reflect the particular character of their region and the interests of their viewers. ITV plc owns twelve of the ITV licences. The remainder are owned by SMG, Ulster, and Channel .
WM
Weather Man
If they do have a programe, it should be about 50x's beter then RTE's 40th for RTE News.
NI
Nicky Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Interesting information, I hope it will be celebrated largely, and not just as an "And Finally..." item on ITV news.
NI
Nicky Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I sent an e-mail a while back to ITV, and got this short reply back earlier on today, around lunchtime:

ITV Duty Officer said... or posted:
You can be assured that this fantastic celebration will not pass without comment.

Yours sincerely
ITV Duty Officer


Hmm, sounds like a celebration is being planned then! Me hopes that the idents (if any are going to be shown) will not be cropped to 16:9, even though I've got a widescreen telly.
AS
Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
Well if the press release is anything to go by, the historical accuracy of the celebrations will be highly questionable.

ITV Press Release posted:
ITVís Granada franchise was the first to start broadcasting in 1955.


And here's me thinking it was Associated-Rediffusion and ATV with Granada coming in 1956 Rolling Eyes
:-(
A former member Anglia (East) Look East
A nice celebration mighy be to sack off Tonight With Trevor McDonald and replace it with World in Action! Smile
NH
Nick Harvey Founding member West Country (East) Points West
BBCNicky@Yorks posted:
Me hopes that the idents (if any are going to be shown) will not be cropped to 16:9, even though I've got a widescreen telly.

I'm sure that any idents that are shown will be sympathetically recreated for 16:9, in a similar fashion to those shown on LWT's final day.
NI
Nicky Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Nick Harvey posted:
BBCNicky@Yorks posted:
Me hopes that the idents (if any are going to be shown) will not be cropped to 16:9, even though I've got a widescreen telly.

I'm sure that any idents that are shown will be sympathetically recreated for 16:9, in a similar fashion to those shown on LWT's final day.


Well, I hope so. I wonder if they'll get Dave Jeffery... Confused

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