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What was your favorite regional ITV station growing up?

A question asking which ITV station you grew up watching.

JE
Jez Founding member Wales Wales Today
Im sure Meridian did have sub regional bulletins for all including GMTV? The same as Central sub regions all did.

Westcountry only ever had sub regional segments, not even a full bulletin, during the main regional 6pm news and possibly the late bulletin as well. All others were pan regional I think. That was in the days when the 'West of England' region was part of the HTV region as 'HTV West' and therefore totally separate franchise to Westcountry. Now I think the Westcountry sub regions are just what was formally Westcountry and HTV West.
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
The only footage I've found of Tyne Tees bulletins on GMTV, on youtube, are from Newcastle. Two I found had the late Andrew Friend presenting, and it was Newcastle, as there was no dark screen with the gallery behind, which the Teesside studio did have.
AN
Ant STV Central Reporting Scotland
Someone mentions CSA, community service announcements. STV had from the late 1980s Box2000, as the PO Box number was 2000. In 2001, it became Box 2001, 2002 etc, but died away several years ago. In fact, I cant remember when STV stopped Box 2xxx. These seemed to air, certainly in STV, at random times. I recall one airing in 1991, before coverage of the Rugby World Cup semi final between Australia and New Zealand (which Australia won 16-6, after a ludicrous decision by the New Zealand captain, with his side 16-3 down with 8 minutes to go, to go for 3 points, rather than run the penalty and attempt to get a try).

It was renamed Action 2000 in, according to Wikipedia, 1993 although it retained Box 2000 in the postal address.
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
Forgot it was renamed. I liked the pillarbox ident for Action 2000. That, I think, was its third ident. The first was actually a blurred image of lots of people, with the Box 2000 logo zooming in. The second had the Box 2000 logo coming in from the side on a blue pillar. Incidentally, the first Box 2000 ident was the only one where the music was then played again at the end of the broadcast. I haven't been able to find the first Box 2000 ident yet.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Jez posted:
Im sure Meridian did have sub regional bulletins for all including GMTV? The same as Central sub regions all did.


I don't think Meridian's GMTV bulletins were a three way split, only two way (to avoid manning the Newbury studio in the mornings). That might have changed in the 00s, when Newbury was closed, and the north output was served from Northam ?
JE
Jez Founding member Wales Wales Today
Jez posted:
Im sure Meridian did have sub regional bulletins for all including GMTV? The same as Central sub regions all did.


I don't think Meridian's GMTV bulletins were a three way split, only two way (to avoid manning the Newbury studio in the mornings). That might have changed in the 00s, when Newbury was closed, and the north output was served from Northam ?

Are all GMB bulletins now pan regional? i.e one bulletin covering both Central West and East etc.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Jez posted:
Jez posted:
Im sure Meridian did have sub regional bulletins for all including GMTV? The same as Central sub regions all did.


I don't think Meridian's GMTV bulletins were a three way split, only two way (to avoid manning the Newbury studio in the mornings). That might have changed in the 00s, when Newbury was closed, and the north output was served from Northam ?

Are all GMB bulletins now pan regional? i.e one bulletin covering both Central West and East etc.


No, Meridian's GMB ones are split two ways west/east , though last time I watched (a couple of weeks ago), the 18:00 prog was still pan regional.
TI
timbouk
On the first full GMTV show on Jan 4th 1993 as the go to the local news, Micheal Wilson says ‘we now go for the latest from our 19 regional newsrooms’ so I’m guessing:

Plymouth (West country)
Bristol ( HTV West)
Cardiff (HTV Wales)
Abingdon (Central South)
Newbury (Meridian North?)
Whitely (Meridian South)
Maidstone (Meridian South East)
London (LNN)
Jersey ( Channel TV)
Norwich (Anglia)
Birmingham (Central West)
Nottingham (Central East)
Manchester/Liverpool (Granada)
Leeds ( Yorkshire)
Carlisle ( Border)
Newcastle (Tyne Tees)
Glasgow ( Scottish TV)
Inverness (Grampian)
Belfast (UTV)

Unless someone else knows how it was spilt ?
PE
peterh Central (East) East Midlands Today
Gmb 155 and 1030 are separately regional not sure about 6pm though for central
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
I know that the 06:00-09:25 slot was TV-am's, but could the ITV companies have asked TV-am and/or the IBA to allow regional news, provided by the ITV companies?
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I know that the 06:00-09:25 slot was TV-am's, but could the ITV companies have asked TV-am and/or the IBA to allow regional news, provided by the ITV companies?


From what I remember (and I know this is a slight deviation) The TV guide on Oracle didn't appear until the last few seconds of TV-AM. I think (bear in mind this is over 25 years ago) that the local companies (in my case YTV) generated the local listings. So taking that theory and applying it to this context I don't think it would have been possible to have local news during TV-AM.

TV-AM weren't exactly the most popular company in the network so its plausible to think that YTV et al would have baulked at the idea of having anything to do with TV-AM.

It wasn't until GMTV launched in 1993 that local bulletins started before 9.25.
TI
timbouk
Did any of the breakfast franchise applications in 1980 include any regional news plans.

TVAM had regional studios and reports but all output was broadcast nationwide. In fact in the mid 80’s in response to the IBA being disappointed in their news output TVAM had at least one full reporter and camera crew based roughly in every ITV regional area although were nothing to do with the local ITV company. TVAM also has regional studios in a few cities for down the line reports and interviews.

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