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gottago2,859 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London

In October 1993, the main evening Granada Tonight programme moved back to Manchester. Never heard an official reason for this, but it seems the move coincided with making the programme more magazine style, like Granada Tonight Weekend.


May also be that now the franchise renewal was done and Phil Redmond's company had lost, they felt safe to cut back as they didn't have to look good with Liverpool coverage to the ITC any more.

Pretty sure one of the many dusty old TV books I've read said the scaling back was exactly because of this. The whole Liverpool operation was largely set up to satisfy the IBA/ITC at the next franchise round and scaled back not too long after they were safely within their next license period.
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Whataday10,134 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
This Morning started on October 1988 in a unit of the Colonades, at the opposite end of the dock. I'm assuming the programme was routed via the news building back to master control at Quay Street but I've never read anything about the networking arrangements of This Morning (anyone know much about this?).


I imagine it was routed via the news building as there were minimal facilities at the This Morning studio. Most of This Morning's production facilities such as offices and dressing rooms were based at the news building,
james-20015,210 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Was at the Albert Dock earlier this year, very little trace of This Morning left now, but the pillars outside what used to be the studio are still a different colour and texture to the rest of the dock. Stayed in the Premier Inn there, it's quite fascinating, the way they've built it into the dock, still with the original walls, arches and roofs, makes it feel very different to a typical hotel.
Whataday10,134 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Was at the Albert Dock earlier this year, very little trace of This Morning left now, but the pillars outside what used to be the studio are still a different colour and texture to the rest of the dock. Stayed in the Premier Inn there, it's quite fascinating, the way they've built it into the dock, still with the original walls, arches and roofs, makes it feel very different to a typical hotel.


There's a fairly large part of what we know as the Albert Dock that was built when it was redeveloped in the 80s rather than being original buildings. The Granada TV News building for one.
nwtv20038,390 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today

In October 1993, the main evening Granada Tonight programme moved back to Manchester. Never heard an official reason for this, but it seems the move coincided with making the programme more magazine style, like Granada Tonight Weekend.


May also be that now the franchise renewal was done and Phil Redmond's company had lost, they felt safe to cut back as they didn't have to look good with Liverpool coverage to the ITC any more.


There was a clip on TV Ark many moons ago which would suggest that Granada Tonight was brought back to Manchester in autumn 1992, but the programme didn’t get the (awful) purple map titles until autumn 1993. I’m fairly certain as pointed out all of the shorter bulletins were swapped to Liverpool by this point. I believe the GMTV bulletins were also broadcast from Liverpool from day one.

It probably would have been a logistical nightmare trying to use the This Morning studio of an autumn or winter evening if that was the plan. (See Daybreak v1.0 studio)

Whilst Granada’s News coverage was always well liked in our house, the look of the service during the 1990’s always felt tacky, but North West Tonight pre-Gordon Burns felt so cold by comparison.
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62305823,575 posts since 19 Aug 2005

In October 1993, the main evening Granada Tonight programme moved back to Manchester. Never heard an official reason for this, but it seems the move coincided with making the programme more magazine style, like Granada Tonight Weekend.


May also be that now the franchise renewal was done and Phil Redmond's company had lost, they felt safe to cut back as they didn't have to look good with Liverpool coverage to the ITC any more.


There was a clip on TV Ark many moons ago which would suggest that Granada Tonight was brought back to Manchester in autumn 1992, but the programme didn’t get the (awful) purple map titles until autumn 1993. I’m fairly certain as pointed out all of the shorter bulletins were swapped to Liverpool by this point. I believe the GMTV bulletins were also broadcast from Liverpool from day one.


That info is gone now, however were still unclear where the news come from or when the rebrand took place in 92 or 93 Wink
JAS844,084 posts since 26 Aug 2010
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)

May also be that now the franchise renewal was done and Phil Redmond's company had lost, they felt safe to cut back as they didn't have to look good with Liverpool coverage to the ITC any more.


There was a clip on TV Ark many moons ago which would suggest that Granada Tonight was brought back to Manchester in autumn 1992, but the programme didn’t get the (awful) purple map titles until autumn 1993. I’m fairly certain as pointed out all of the shorter bulletins were swapped to Liverpool by this point. I believe the GMTV bulletins were also broadcast from Liverpool from day one.


That info is gone now, however were still unclear where the news come from or when the rebrand took place in 92 or 93 Wink

Wayback Machine should be usable for this.

http://web.archive.org/web/20161115051345/http://www2.tv-ark.org.uk/itvnorthwest/granadatv/news.html

They actually rebranded Granada Tonight in both 1992 and 1993. The purple one was indeed 1993.
Si-Co2,185 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

In October 1993, the main evening Granada Tonight programme moved back to Manchester. Never heard an official reason for this, but it seems the move coincided with making the programme more magazine style, like Granada Tonight Weekend.


May also be that now the franchise renewal was done and Phil Redmond's company had lost, they felt safe to cut back as they didn't have to look good with Liverpool coverage to the ITC any more.


There was a clip on TV Ark many moons ago which would suggest that Granada Tonight was brought back to Manchester in autumn 1992, but the programme didn’t get the (awful) purple map titles until autumn 1993. I’m fairly certain as pointed out all of the shorter bulletins were swapped to Liverpool by this point. I believe the GMTV bulletins were also broadcast from Liverpool from day one.


That sounds correct. The short bulletins were definitely presented from the Albert Dock during 1992-1993, and when I visited the Granada Studio tour in June 1993 they showed us the Granada Tonight studio and told us it was the real thing. The reason there was no activity going on in there would be because it was only used in the evenings.
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