Does anyone know the story about “Elizabeth R”, the documentary about Elizabeth II which was made by the BBC and shown on BBC 1 in the mid-nineties but which was then repeated by ITV some time later? Iirc it was broadcast unchanged, including the closing titles apart from animated “Elizabeth R” stings going in the breaks. I presume it was allowed because it wasn't shown first on ITV.
Incidentally ITV delayed News at Ten to broadcast it, in a time when that didn’t routinely happen.
It actually didn't, it ran 8-9.50 when it was on BBC1 (which did mean delaying the Nine O'Clock News) which meant it happily filled a two hour slot with adverts on ITV. There were a few programmes that did delay News at Ten, 35 Up did in 1991.
Anyway, I think Elizabeth R was very much a special case, because it was considered of considerable national importance and anything like that involving the Royal Family at the highest level wouldn't have any commercial considerations attached. I assume part of the arrangement to make the film was that it would be made available to ITV as well. Of course, ITV always showed a BBC programme every year, the Queen's Speech.
Was all this the reason LWT set up LWT productions, whose own endboard then preceded the standard LWT endboard for a couple of years?
I've said this before, but I think one other reason why they did this is so they could get two flashes of their logo at the end of a programme, this coming around the same time Carlton were also putting "Carlton UK Productions" alongside the copyright date before the endboard.