Tomorrow (7th December) marks 20 years since ITV2 came on the airwaves. The introduction of ITV's second channel had been mooted for decades; if you can recall back in the late 70s, certain tellys and remote controls were manufactured with an 'ITV2' button in anticipation. Then of course Channel 4 burst into the scene...
ITV2's launch in 1998 came a few weeks after the Digital TV explosion. But unlike BBC Choice it wasn't widely available; it was DTT
and cable exclusive at first. Initially the programming was broad; news and current affairs, children's TV, lifestyle and sport. There was in-vision continuity to start with.
It was also the second home of the Champions League; before the competition's expansion in 1997, you had the other English team's matches on Carlton Select or Granada Plus.
Do share your recollections.
DE88 and watchingtv gave kudos