There’s also still the one oddity that London is still a “weekday” and “weekend” franchise, even though it’s just the one company now - and that handover is still at 17.15 on Friday afternoon. [it then hands over to breakfast at the usual times over the weekend and on Monday morning… ]
And that’s likely a relic of when the national ITN news was on at the time… originally the handover (between what was then Thames and LWT) was at 19.00, but the regulator ended up re-balancing things in favour of the latter in the 80s, by moving the handover to one program before what was then the ITN News at 5.45.
Again, in modern times it’s a transparent thing and a program now straddles the handover (currently The Chase), and London ITV1 has had a consistent identity for twenty years now so no-one notices - but from a licence standpoint, it’s still there.
One would presume if there was ever a hypothetical problem with the ITV company that saw them split, Ofcom would recommend adjusting the licence conditions… though in this day and age if they re-advertised them, they’d likely recommend doing so as a 7-day licence, than adjusting any handover time.
They’ve done such things before to better regulate what had already happened de-facto, like splitting Wales out from its former dual region with the West of England (which had already been merged with the South-West on air).
Mmm, David Frost… who then tried almost exactly the same thing with TV-am a decade and a half later, to be upmarket and informative (presumably thinking they’d need to outdo the BBC on that)… only to realise that the Beeb put on… well, see further up this thread. Didn’t last either.
Given the moral panic if anything “public service” were ever to go downmarket that likely existed all the way to the mid-90s or so (and was certainly something in their sights in '68, hence ^^^) - I sorta understand why they’d play to the regulators like that…
Same when Sky went to five channels before BSB could launch, and Murdoch giving them the (paraphrased) “I’m Australian by birth, I basically don’t give a toss about how the UK sees upmarket and downmarket” spiel, in response to a “more channels will mean worse quality!” question (there’s a Channel 4 News report on that on YT somewhere)…
…and yet the eyeballs on ITV (and arguably Sky) at least always tended to go to the entertainment, in hindsight. Funny that.
he EVEN tried to get an ITV franchise in the '90s in association with Virgin, thankfully he didn’t get it because I bet you, he wouldn’t have learned his lesson and tried going for highbrow content again
also if y’all were interested in seeing how ITV Night Time worked back in the 80’s/90’s - here’s a very good video about it!
And here’s a 1982 closedown/sign-off from Channel Television. The Channel Islands were a part of the ITV (ITA/IBA) system despite (technically) not being a part of the United Kingdom, but rather a Crown Dependency:
And speaking of British Crown possesions, here’s a compilation of IDs and continuity from Hong Kong’s English-language stations from the early 1980s:
Here’s another example of a journalist who left her career to pursue other interests (in this case, royal duties): Letizia Ortiz (a former TVE reporter/presenter) who’s now the Queen of Spain. This is an excerpt from August 2000, when she fronted the popular current affairs program Informe Semanal.
ESPN’s surrealistic This is SportsCenter campaign of promos forever changed the image of the network’s flagship program in the 1990s; it made it a “cool” brand almost overnight. Created by the ad agency Wieden+Kennedy, the promos were very effective parodies of campaigns in which TV personalities would give behind-the-scenes tours of their networks’ operations.
Here are some examples. In this promo, ESPN drafts a very young sports anchor–and regrets it: