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What was your favorite regional ITV station growing up?

A question asking which ITV station you grew up watching.

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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
In each region, what did each 600+ magazine contain, especially where it was more detailed than someone elses? I think Scottext, which was STV, had crimestoppers, Action 2000, and previews of Take the High Road. Interestingly, it didn't feature previews of Scotsport.


Here’s a thread of mine from years ago showing the London pages in their final few days, just before the service was removed on New Years Day 2005.


I'd forgotten that PDC piggy backed onto those services (as far as ITV were concerned), so some form of ancillary teletext service had to remain to allow it to work, even if it was just the clock cracker page !

Only the regions served by the Leeds playout centre and Westcountry ever had a full dynamic PDC service I think (like the one BBC and C4 provided)
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
Which ITV companies, if any, had a local news bulletin at closedown, in the style that BBC1 Wales used to do?
GH
Ghost Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Which ITV companies, if any, had a local news bulletin at closedown, in the style that BBC1 Wales used to do?

I know that UTV had one.
Can I have your attention please?
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
I think tsw and before that westward had a shipping forecast before closedown.
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Colm (previously Col) Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Grampian also had a news bulletin at closedown.



...and an example from UTV.

CO
Coronavision
Didn't Grampian essentially play out their epilogue when the rest of the country were putting out their local news bulletins? A very curious decision, but I'm sure they had good reason to do things that way.
IS
Inspector Sands
Didn't Grampian essentially play out their epilogue when the rest of the country were putting out their local news bulletins? A very curious decision, but I'm sure they had good reason to do things that way.

Not an epilogue if its not at the end of course.

That goes for epilogues in general, some had them some didn't and there were presumably reasons why. The same for the national anthem at closedown. I remember reading about an advertiser that refused to advertise on Granada because they didn't play the anthem

Ulster in the above did neither, which is understandable in their circumstance
CO
Coronavision
True enough, which is why I said "essentially".

That advertiser must have either been local, or was restricting themselves to quite a small area of the country, as the larger companies (certainly by the 1980s) mostly didn't bother (Granada, Central, YTV, Thames didn't (and I bet the only reason LWT did was because Thames didn't), that's most of the country, and I don't believe Border or the aforementioned UTV did either).

I used to like YTV's dour "that's yer lot" mentality towards closedowns.they did generally go to some trouble but I remember one night in around 1982 where a Hammer film ended around 12:15 and they cut directly from their ident still to the clock, where Paul Lally simply said "and so we come to the end of tonight's programmes, goodnight" and faded to black just before the clock got round to 12:15. And that was it. Presumably a union /overtime thing.
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IS
Inspector Sands
Yes IIRC it was a local pie or meat manufacturer... or something equally as stereotypically northern!
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Which ITV companies, if any, had a local news bulletin at closedown, in the style that BBC1 Wales used to do?

I wonder if the BBC Wales bulletin was there because of the need to do a local closedown each night to play the Welsh anthem, somebody figured they might at well tag on a news bulletin read by the announcer out of vision?
Write that down in your copybook now.
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Colm (previously Col) Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Ulster Television, still under the leadership of the Henderson family, did play GStQ at closedown right up until going 24-hour; using a similar film than other ITV regional companies, and not deviating like Grampian showing a Scotland flag or HTV Wales playing "Hen Wylad Fy Nhadau".

It was only after Brum Henderson retired in 1990 that it adopted the UTV branding and more explicitly targeted its audience south (and west!) of the Border.
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
Ulster Television was still the official name until 1993 when their new franchise period commenced, they changed their name to UTV and in June 1993 kicked off the full rebrand, including the opening of their new extension to Havelock House in Belfast with their new
Colm posted:
Ulster Television, still under the leadership of the Henderson family, did play GStQ at closedown right up until going 24-hour; using a similar film than other ITV regional companies, and not deviating like Grampian showing a Scotland flag or HTV Wales playing "Hen Wylad Fy Nhadau".

It was only after Brum Henderson retired in 1990 that it adopted the UTV branding and more explicitly targeted its audience south (and west!) of the Border.

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