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Inspector Sands
'ITV News Channel TV' is such a fudge of a name, it makes 'ITV Granada News' seem almost a logical name
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AlfieMulcahy Meridian (South East) South East Today
I always thought they would go for ITV News Ulster


That seems like the best title by far. ITV News Northern Ireland just sounds clunky.


ITV News Northern Ireland is no worse than ITV News Channel TV


Well ITV News Channel TV is.just a mistake. ITV News Channel or Channel TV News would've been much better.

And with the other regions better names could've been chosen. With different names for the 6pm programmes.

Take Meridian for Example. This:

-------- ITV --------
Meridian News

----- ITV News -----
Meridian Tonight

Works so much better than the current naming scheme
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Well ITV News Channel Report would have been fine too. In the context of Northern Ireland ITV News UTV may not look great written down but just about works. I don't think any change would be considered until the next ITV News revamp though, which probably wouldn't be until 2022 at the earliest now. Indeed this look (for ITV, not UTV) may get a decade on air.
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
And Inside Ulster became Newsline. Not quite sure why Radio Ulster continues to have that name.


The BBC have never really used too much imagination naming their local and regional services. The ILR service called themselves Downtown Radio so as not to cause any problems. Perhaps following the example of Foyle, Solent, Merseyside there is some geographical feature they could use?

I suspect Foyle was chosen to sidestep the Derry/Londonderry issue?
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
'ITV News Channel TV' is such a fudge of a name, it makes 'ITV Granada News' seem almost a logical name

Yes - I guess they went with that name to keep up some pretence that Channel Television is still a thing, rather than the more logical ITV News Channel Reports.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
And Inside Ulster became Newsline. Not quite sure why Radio Ulster continues to have that name.


The BBC have never really used too much imagination naming their local and regional services. The ILR service called themselves Downtown Radio so as not to cause any problems. Perhaps following the example of Foyle, Solent, Merseyside there is some geographical feature they could use?

I suspect Foyle was chosen to sidestep the Derry/Londonderry issue?


Almost certainly yes. I'm not sure the BBC were aware of the bitter rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth when they named Solent as such, but good job they did !
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UTVLifer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
'ITV News Channel TV' is such a fudge of a name, it makes 'ITV Granada News' seem almost a logical name

Yes - I guess they went with that name to keep up some pretence that Channel Television is still a thing, rather than the more logical ITV News Channel Reports.


'ITV News Channel TV' is such a fudge of a name, it makes 'ITV Granada News' seem almost a logical name

Yes - I guess they went with that name to keep up some pretence that Channel Television is still a thing, rather than the more logical ITV News Channel Reports.

The name of the regions ITV Channel TV also doesn't make any sense. ITV Channel Islands would do just think as we all know that Channel TV is dead.
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Inspector Sands

Almost certainly yes. I'm not sure the BBC were aware of the bitter rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth when they named Solent as such, but good job they did !

A good job they didn't call it Radio Hampshire too as two years after it opened the Isle of White ceased to be part of Hampshire
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PaddyLee84 UTV Newsline
If rivers were an option, BBC Lagan or Laganside doesn't quite have the same ring to it as BBC Foyle.
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Colm Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
While the spirit of taking Thames' and Tyne Tees' leads is nice, if Lagan Television had won the ITV franchise for NI back in 1991, I'm sure there'd been viewer/media concerns over the Belfast-centric name.

'Cos them'uns in Norn Iron love a good flame-war over names.
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Steve Williams
Colm posted:
While the spirit of taking Thames' and Tyne Tees' leads is nice, if Lagan Television had won the ITV franchise for NI back in 1991, I'm sure there'd been viewer/media concerns over the Belfast-centric name.


In Independent Televison in Britain, which discusses the 1991 franchise round in great deal, the Managing Director of UTV says exactly that - the name was too associated with Belfast, and it suggested to them they weren't a very serious competitor because a better company would have considered that.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

Almost certainly yes. I'm not sure the BBC were aware of the bitter rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth when they named Solent as such, but good job they did !

A good job they didn't call it Radio Hampshire too as two years after it opened the Isle of White ceased to be part of Hampshire


And Bournemouth moved into Dorset Cool

Of course more recently Southampton and Portsmouth are now no longer part of Hampshire

Basingstoke is now the largest town in the county. Who'd have thought that!
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