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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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Si-Co Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Not sure where to ask this so I’ll put it here as we are talking about regional ITV. A YouTube upload here of the end of Heartbeat in the LWT region during the “hearts” era. A national ECP followed by Trish with a local ECVO. I had always assumed, as the ECP was inserted by CAR/LWT, that their duty announcer voiced it, however this obviously isn’t the case here as it’s not Trish’s voice on the ECP and she takes over in the same way the announcers across the network did in that era. Hmmm.

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Inspector Sands
The ECP there is a short edited promo rather than just a credit squeeze and announcer read. I suppose the reason that they didn't have the continuity announcer do it live is the same as why they don't voice every promo - it's slicker and easier to edit it together as a nice neat package. Presumably it was made at the same time as the other promos for the programme

It's a very packed set of credits though isn't it? I don't mind end credit stuff normally but that's too much - a clip based promo and continuity announcement about something else. Thank goodness things aren't like that today

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robertclark125 Central Reporting Scotland
Time to give this thread an airing. In the 1980s, all ITV regions carried adverts, where a slide was put up, and the announcer spoke over it. Which companies persisted with this longest?
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Si-Co Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Time to give this thread an airing. In the 1980s, all ITV regions carried adverts, where a slide was put up, and the announcer spoke over it. Which companies persisted with this longest?


I’m guessing, but probably the smaller companies like UTV and Channel. Possibly also Border.
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robertclark125 Central Reporting Scotland
It might surprise some people, me included, that large national chains sometimes used the "slide on a screen" style of advert. On TV-ark and youtube, are some Grampian adverts from 1977, including one for Currys, using this style of advert.
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james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I have a recording from Yorkshire in 1990 using an advert like that that late!
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Colm Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
UTV were still running these type of ads, last in the break, still broadcast using actual slides, and with copy read live by the announcer until 1997 at the earliest.

(Up until 1989, they also piped in library music for added goodness.)

They were still playing out such ads, albeit now pre-recorded and slotted at any point during the break, until the early 2010s; not sure if they still do.
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Coronavision
At the other extreme Tyne Tees seem to have been one of the first to get rid of them. They were pre-recorded (and loaded into VT cart along with all other ads) from 1983 at the latest. Even before then they were done on slide/audio cart -- I believe from the early 1970s. They also used the same announcers on these for many years -- Bill Steel in the 1970s and an unknown, high-pitched voice announcer (possibly sped up?) throughout most of the 1980s.

Growing up in the north east I was amazed to see these live adverts on other regions.

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robertclark125 Central Reporting Scotland
For obvious reasons, during the troubles, Ulster television could well have broadcast a regional news flash. Did any other itv companies broadcast a news flash just for their region?
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WMD Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Certainly TVS did (on rare occasion)
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Scottish ran a newsflash reporting about Lockerbie before ITN.
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Si-Co Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Scottish ran a newsflash reporting about Lockerbie before ITN.


That’s interesting as Lockerbie was well outside their licence area (certainly post-VHF). I’m not sure if Border showed any local newsflashes about the incident prior to the first ITN report, but they did superimpose a caption over programmes asking off duty staff to report to the DGRI following a major incident.
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