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Ne1L C324 posts since 11 Sep 2011
Hi

When the ITV franchises were created was there a specific set of cities where companies could be set up or was it up to the individual companies?
Inspector Sands11,012 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I'd have thought the locations chosen were just down to being the major city in the region - London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow etc

The advantages to that are fairly obvious but one major reason why this was important was that the big cities will have had the major Post Office exchanges necessary to connect up to the rest of the country
JexedBack26 posts since 15 Nov 2016
South East Today
Not quite the same topic, but I always find it a bit unusual that BBC Radio Lancashire is in Blackburn, when I'd expect it to be based in Lancaster or Preston


Originally launched as BBC Radio Blackburn broadcasting to mainly East Lancashire.

Became Radio Lancashire ahead of commercial radio launching in the area
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Whataday7,499 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
A regional map was drawn up based on the existing transmitters. Where the successful bidders based themselves was pretty much up to them, but it would have made more sense to choose a major town or city associated with the area (in actual fact, WWN had their studios in Cardiff even though they covered North Wales).
Mike W4,630 posts since 30 Apr 2006
Central News South being in Abingdon must've been the only ITV regional studio facility in its day to be based in a town reasonably near to a big city, rather than in the big city itself?

The Central South area wasn't actually a franchise though, the Abingdon based was picked because it was cheap and reasonably commutable (excellent driving links for staff), when it first launched a lot of staff were relocated from Broad Street and Lenton Lane to Abingdon to get it on the air.

There's an excellent photo tour of an empty CNS building here
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Inspector Sands11,012 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Central News South being in Abingdon must've been the only ITV regional studio facility in its day to be based in a town reasonably near to a big city, rather than in the big city itself?

Does Gillingham count? And Plympton?

In the early days of ITV there were studio centres in Didsbury and Aston. Teddington and Elstree also fit that description (though Teddington was a many miles from its regions)
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Inspector Sands11,012 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Not quite the same topic, but I always find it a bit unusual that BBC Radio Lancashire is in Blackburn, when I'd expect it to be based in Lancaster or Preston


Originally launched as BBC Radio Blackburn broadcasting to mainly East Lancashire.

Same with Radio Kent which was based in Chatham for years, that was originally Radio Medway.

It's now in Tunbridge Wells, which isn't that obvious a town for a regional centre either