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rdd3,303 posts since 21 Jun 2001
On the subject of Havelock House, Wireless Group yesterday released preliminary results for 2015. It seems they have plans to eventually "transition" out of the building.
mr_vivian1,001 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
UTV was never part of the ITV family until now.

They refused to follow a lot of itv's presentation and they could do this because they were independent from ITV.

UTV were able to move program times around and they produced the full percentage of local programming they were allowed to.

The only power ITV had over UTV was UTV's Channel 3 license which had terms and conditions on it were they must show a percentage of ITV programs or else they would have breached the contract (STV learnt this the hard way)
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The only power ITV had over UTV was UTV's Channel 3 license which had terms and conditions on it were they must show a percentage of ITV programs or else they would have breached the contract (STV learnt this the hard way)


I don't believe that was the reason, it was all to do with money, thats all. Until this all got sorted it was still just like 93 where STV and UTV could broadcast what every it wanted. STV and ITV went to court and both side were happy with the outcome
Interceptor772 posts since 20 Oct 2014
UTV was never part of the ITV family until now.

They refused to follow a lot of itv's presentation and they could do this because they were independent from ITV.

Did they? They didn't seem that bothered to me - they took the 2002 and 2003 packages, they took ITV Day, they took Christmas presentation (even when it was designed around ITV's corporate logo and didn't make sense). They also had no problem playing out clean ITV continuity overnight.
rdd3,303 posts since 21 Jun 2001
They were probably most bothered in the 1990s (when they were trying to establish "UTV" rather than "Ulster Television" or indeed "ITV" as the brand, along with "UTV is yoUr TV"). Truth be told UTV seemed to give up on its presentation for a long time during the 2000s and early 2010s and only recently (when the "Part of U" tag line was launched)seemed more interested again.

As for networking. The Communications Act 2003 requires the Channel 3 licencees to establish and maintain a set of networking arrangements. However, what it does not do is require licencees to air that schedule in its entirety, or indeed any particular percentage of the schedule, aside from news from the nominated news provider (but I stress the "air" rather than "pay for" bit). Since 2012 the networking arrangements have been run on the basis that ITV commissions the entire network schedule and UTV and STV (just STV now) pay an affiliation fee for the entire schedule. Still their choice (well STV's anyway) as to whether they want to air all of it, but as they are paying for it...
mr_vivian1,001 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
UTV was never part of the ITV family until now.

They refused to follow a lot of itv's presentation and they could do this because they were independent from ITV.

Did they? They didn't seem that bothered to me - they took the 2002 and 2003 packages, they took ITV Day, they took Christmas presentation (even when it was designed around ITV's corporate logo and didn't make sense). They also had no problem playing out clean ITV continuity overnight.


I didn't say that UTV refused ALL packages I said that UTV had refused to follow "a lot" of their presentation... which is true.

They turned down the generic ITV 90's ident which had ULSTER TELEVISION at the bottom. They didn't take the Hearts and nothing at all from the itv1 era.

My point being that UTV wasn't part of the itv family and utv could pick and choose what they liked.