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.