Until the late 80's, both the BBC and the ITV network were seen as arch rivals for obvious reasons. However, in 1989, Granada, which would go onto become the dominant ITV franchise, was commissioned by BBC Two airing What the Papers Say from March 1990, after years of airing on the ITV network and temporarily moving to Channel 4 until 1988.
Then two years later Thames, which was loosing the London Channel 3 license to Carlton from the next year and preparing to continue as an independent production company, teamed up with BBC Enterprises and Cox Enterprises to launch UK Gold on satellite.
Granada went onto produce many more programmes for the Beeb from the mid 90's, like University Challenge and The Royle Family, and has continued to this day as ITV Studios, and since 2011, both the BBC and ITV have shared Greater Manchester broadcasting facilities at MediaCityUK in Salford, once more increasing the working relationship that sparked over thirty years ago.
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