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kernow609 posts since 18 Jan 2006
Westcountry were originally planning to build studios on the Plymouth seafront, but because of TSW's legal challenge over the franchise, these plans got cancelled and they ended up having to find alternative premises.
dvboy8,507 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
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)


Aston is very much in Birmingham, closer to the city centre than Pebble Mill even, so I don't think you can count that.
Austin Tatious496 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
Plympton is a district within Plymouth I think?

Yes you're right, it's part of Plymouth.

Plympton itself certainly is, but I believe that Langage Business Park, although developed by Plymouth City Council, is actually just over the boundary into the South Hams district.


Indeed it is.

When I decided to go and have a nosey at the old Westcountry building a year or so ago, I passed a "Welcome to South Hams" road sign shortly before reaching Langage Science Park (and a "Welcome to Plymouth" sign on the return journey!).

It wasn't very clear to me what (if anything) was now occupying their former building. ITV's Plymouth newsroom is now housed within the building of indie production company "Two Four" (an ITV Studios company!) in the Estover area of the city, which is near to Derriford Hospital (and about the same sort of distance away from the city centre that Plympton/Langage is, I think).
I am the one viewer of ITV West News.
Steve Williams1,997 posts since 1 Aug 2008
In Richard Whiteley's autobiography he says Yorkshire were originally intending to build their studios in Harrogate, because it was posher than Leeds.
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noggin12,345 posts since 26 Jun 2001
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


No - Maidstone, Canterbury and Ashford all spring to mind as obvious locations, and in another way so does Dover.

(TVS based their South East studios (still running as Maidstone Studios) near Maidstone, and Southern had a small production operation in Dover)

Also Meridian's studios in Newbury and New Hythe spring to mind as slightly non-obvious locations (though New Hythe is quite close to Maidstone, and Newbury is a reasonably big town in that part of the Meridian sub-regions)
bluecortina504 posts since 26 Jul 2012

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


No - Maidstone, Canterbury and Ashford all spring to mind as obvious locations, and in another way so does Dover.

(TVS based their South East studios (still running as Maidstone Studios) near Maidstone, and Southern had a small production operation in Dover)

Also Meridian's studios in Newbury and New Hythe spring to mind as slightly non-obvious locations (though New Hythe is quite close to Maidstone, and Newbury is a reasonably big town in that part of the Meridian sub-regions)


When they were negotiating with Southern, TVS sort of implied that if their discussions weren't successful over the Northam centre then they would be building a new TV centre in an industrial Park in Eastleigh which is just outside Southampton. It was to be based on a large warehouse distribution centre (Nurdin and Peacock I think?)- it could be seen from the M3 as you drove past Eastleigh (still there I think but under another name). Just a bit of 'leverage' at the time I would think.
elmarko664 posts since 27 Jul 2010
STV Central Reporting Scotland
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

Does this mean there was no service planned for West Lancs originally? (I'm from Blackpool)
Markymark4,766 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South 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

Does this mean there was no service planned for West Lancs originally? (I'm from Blackpool)


The phase 1 BBC LRs (which Blackburn was one of) were not all initally county wide services. They were
'upgraded' in the 80s (probably in response to the increasing competition from ILR, but also because a large extra chunk of the FM band became available for local radio generally (102-104.9).

Other stations that were upgraded from town/city (with corresponding extra transmitters/coverage) to county were:-

Brighton > Sussex
Medway > Kent
Newcastle (to additionally serve Northumberland though no name change)
Carlisle > Cumbria
Birmingham > West Midlands (Wolverhampton was added, but not Coventry)
Leicester (to cover the whole county of Leicestershire though no name change)
Nottingham (to cover the whole county of Nottinghamshire though no name change)
Derby (to cover the whole county of Derbyshire (excl Chesterfield) no name change)
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