Cross roads was still three times a week until jan 1988. It then become twice a week, with Emmerdale farm getting the wed/Thursday slot. Of course this would have only been Jan - Easter? crossroads finished then.
North Tonight had Hour long news on Monday and Friday, A few other places did this aswell Central was only an hour on Fridays. IF UTV had spilt the sport into a different programme that is no surprise.
There is a strange fallacy that goes around saying many ITV companies promised an hour of local news from 1993 which is utter hogwash, nearly all didn't * a few kept the hour long on Firdays but the only two to promise this was London and West Country. London dropped it a year later and had after 5 starting, while Westcountry had alot of strange features..
Here is point where SCOTLAND joined late into CBBC: Scotland had Sportscene Rugby special at 2pm
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