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  • #46
    Originally posted by Victoria O'Keefe View Post
    Do you think that in today's ITV climate, Border Television's Scottish transmitters should be transferred to STV? Wales has a single ITV region, after all.
    And Cumbria could officially be part of the Tyne Tees region? I don't think that the Isle of Man would have Channel TV-alike status... North and West Northumberland should have been Tyne Tees anyway.

    It's interesting how the ITV regions map would have looked if the regions were the same as the UK government region map - for example, the old TSW region and the HTV West area would have been all served by one company (and no doubt that £16 million probably wouldn't have been an overbid in the 1991 franchise auction, and TSW would have won as a result) - there would have still be split for regional news, advertising and some other programmes. HTV Wales would have bid too high for Wales on its own with £20 million no doubt. And on the other hand, the West Midlands and the East Midlands would have been split into two separate franchise areas - ATV and Central together methinks?

    And now "Emmerdale Farm" from "Yorkshire and the Humber Television"...
    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
    I'm having so much fun
    My lucky number's one
    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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    • #47
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      • #48
        If I selected the ITV companies for the 1991 franchise round.

        North of Scotland: Grampian
        Central & South of Scotland: STV (Unopposed)
        Borders: Abolish this region!
        North East & Cumbria: Tyne Tees and Border in merger
        North West & Isle of Man: Granada (Reluctantly!)
        Yorkshire: YTV
        Wales: Merlin
        Midlands: Central (Unopposed)
        East of England: Anglia
        London Weekday: Thames
        London Weekend: LWT
        South & South East England: TVS in partnership with Meridian (TVS was in a bad financial position)
        South West & West of England: TSW
        Channel Islands: Channel TV
        Northern Ireland: TV NI
        Breakfast Time: TV AM
        National & International News: ITN
        Teletext: Oracle

        New players: Meridian, Merlin, TV NI
        Losers: HTV, Ulster

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        • #49
          Philip Elsmore wants to be remembered but i doubt that he wants to be worshipped as he is by many tv presentation fans.


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          • #50
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            DON'T TELL HIM YOUR NAME PIKE!!

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            • #51
              A friend lived in Bath back in the late 1990s. He was talking to a local resident who mentioned that he would have welcomed a change in ITV company in the 1991 franchise round, and was disappointed that both TVS and TSW lost but HTV had gone on to win a 3rd franchise period. He thought that HTV was the Southern Television of 1991. A company that punched below its weight compared to similar size ITV companies of STV and Anglia, and it had dull and dated styling and presentation barely changed from the 1970s including regular in-vision continuity that most other ITV companies (Ulster being a notable exception) had done away with. HTV didn't produce many networked programmes, and for some unexplainable reason they had never repeated Children of the Stones although the friend hadn't heard of this programme at the time. The resident commented on how the styling and presentation of HTV was no match for the slick and snazzy presentation TVS adopted in 1987, and even that of TSW was more modern and attractive than HTV despite the small size and limited resources of this company.

              The resident had a cynical view that ITV companies won in the past by being the best after careful scrutiny, but in 1991 they won simply by submitting the highest bid as long as they met the bare minimum with regards to quality and business plan - providing they didn't overbid.

              The applicants for Wales and West of England were:

              HTV 20.5m
              Merlin 19.4m
              C3 Wales & West 18.3m - Failed on quality
              C3W 17.8m

              Notice how closely spaced the bids are. Just 2.7m difference between the highest and lowest bids.

              C3W was backed by TSW. If they won but TSW lost then the company would have effectively moved regions.

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              • #52
                Margaret Thatcher has not just the destruction of a "sane" ITV and ILR, but, personally for me, Section 28 as her legacy and the blood on her hands of my friend who was hounded and mocked with homophobic slurs about needing ladies bedroom wear until it was just too much.
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                • #53
                  The bidding system for the 1991 franchise round was one of the sick and twisted sides of Thatcherism, but Carlton and NuLab also shoulder much of the blame for the state ITV is in today.

                  The fact is, Carlton would have wormed its way into ITV one way or another no matter what the outcome of the 1991 franchise round was. Carlton unsuccessfully tried to buy out Thames in the 1980s, and by 1991 had a stake in Central. If Carlton did not win either the London Weekday or South East ITV regions in 1991, then it almost certainly would have completely taken over Central and bought out Thames by the late 1990s. Carlton probably would have taken over another region or two as well by 2000.

                  There should have been another franchise round in the early 2000s but the NuLab government decided not to go ahead with it and instead allowed Granada and Carlton to merge to form ITV. NuLab wanted to see a single unified ITV rather than a regional ITV network.

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                  • #54
                    Here is Children's ITV's presenters and stars in a photoshoot at ITV's Broad Street Studios in Birmingham, West Midlands, on 2/4/1991. And so you will see this stupid remark first from me - yes, one of the people in this photograph will not be doing children's television ever again.

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                    • #55
                      Care to name all of them, Victoria?

                      Yes, one of them (initials: RH methinks) will not be doing children's television again. Would have liked to have seen Danielle Nicholls in that picture, but it was taken seven years too early.
                      I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                      There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                      I'm having so much fun
                      My lucky number's one
                      Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                        Care to name all of them, Victoria?

                        Yes, one of them (initials: RH methinks) will not be doing children's television again. Would have liked to have seen Danielle Nicholls in that picture, but it was taken seven years too early.
                        Front Row L-R: Geoffrey Hayes, Bill Oddie, Rolf Harris, Tommy Boyd, Michaela Strachan, Keith Chegwin, Grotbags Carol Lee Scott, Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher.

                        Middle Row L-R: Andrea Boardman, Evette Fielding, Neil Buchanan, Womble, Andrew Andy Crane, Rainbow Bungle, Danger Mouse.

                        Back Row L-R: Dungeon Master Treguard Hugo Myatt, Count Duckula, Rupert the Bear.


                        I wonder who the two little girls in that CITV picture are. If i was being mean, I'd say they both seem to be wishing they had their trousers back. But, I'm totally not mean, so I didn't say that.
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                        • #57
                          I always think of Yvette Fielding as being very much a BBC presenter because of Blue Peter - I was surprised to see her on there because although she presented What's Up Doc? on Saturday, that serries actually began in 1992, a year after that picture was taken in 1991 - one assumes that she was also involved with other programmes at the time?

                          Regarding the Womble, I think that it was Great Uncle Bulgaria on there.
                          I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                          There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                          I'm having so much fun
                          My lucky number's one
                          Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                          • #58
                            Great Uncle Bulgaria... thanks for that, it was going to bother me all day otherwise! Don't forget Sooty. Rupert looking a bit pale, always thought he was more off-white or tan.
                            My virtual jigsaws: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/beccabear67/Original-photo-puzzles

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by beccabear67 View Post
                              Great Uncle Bulgaria... thanks for that, it was going to bother me all day otherwise! Don't forget Sooty. Rupert looking a bit pale, always thought he was more off-white or tan.
                              Wonder who the CITV two little girls are in this press photo? I still think that they are wishing they were in trousers/pants! Bwa-ha-ha!

                              (Reminds me of Tony Blackburn's words: "suits and ties are for when there is a photographer in the on-air studio").
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                              • #60
                                There might have been a competition for viewers to appear in the photograph, and the girls had won it? I know that they did things like that.
                                I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                                There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                                I'm having so much fun
                                My lucky number's one
                                Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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