I'm surprised LWT never went for Border or West country, small but would have kept the wolfs off the door.
Agreed -- or indeed Anglia as that company was up for grabs at the time.
I guess LWT didn't want to be 'saddled' with a small company that might have prevented their own future expansion (no-one at that point knew how long the two franchise rule would be around for), perhaps depressing their value.
None of the minor ITV companies (apart from Tyne Tees, which effectively busted themselves with the £15.5m bid and therefore had little choice but to sell up for a song in 1992) were of interest to the big companies until the two franchise rule was ended; you'd think that if there was a commercial advantage to buying these up it would have happened almost straight away as a defensive measure; Central had the same opportunity to protect itself against Carlton.
Indeed I remember in 1992 a national BBC report into the YTV-TTT merger in which the journalist speculated that this would be the first of many 'minnows' to be taken over in the new year. So at the time some felt that was the way things were going. But it didn't pan out like that.
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