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    When my Aunt & Uncle lived in semi-rural Lincolnshire it was possible to pick up 3 different regions depending on which you pointed the aerial, Yorkshire, Anglia or East Midlands.

    When BBC2 last showed Star Trek on a Sunday morning some regions opted out to screen The Super League Show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensky View Post
    I was from an ‘ITV viewing family’ which is probably worth a separate thread by itself :-) so as a teen, my interest was regional ITV as it was so diverse and varied to the BBC, which by and large, was the same programming, except for the local news and some occasional regional programmes.
    Sometimes I just wished that my family was a BBC household as it did drive up us the wall seeing the same advert a number of times in each evening - it's like watching on Christmas Day and seeing the post-Queen film, and counting how many "sale starts 10 am Boxing Day" adverts are on.

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    But I do remember in the mid-80s in Felixstowe, receiving TVS via the Dover transmitter and I found the BBC1 local news programme (for Kent?) was called London Plus, so I assumed local news for the BBC meant London and the whole South East.

    And I remember London Plus being very different to BBC Look East or BBC Look North, which I was more used to. Not just because the news was different (London-centric), but the opening titles were ‘jazzier’ - I found a clip on YouTube with a younger Jeremy Paxman as presenter.
    The old South East region which was in existence until 2001 and had covered everywhere from Greater London, to Kent, Thames Valley and the Home Counties, and even during the summer months they would opt into South Today, meaning that the region served was even bigger! It's surprising that this wasn't split up until 2001, and that the Thames Valley part was split into South Today's area.

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    TV also used to show a lot of imported American TV shows, which I loved, and each ITV region might have different episodes on at different times. This meant for those lucky enough to receive more than one ITV station, you could watch say ‘Benson’ or the ‘A Team’ etc, twice a day or more, different episodes sometimes, it was like having additional TV channels, and that was a big deal to me in the 80s.
    As I mentioned before, a lot of imported stuff such as episodes of Prisoner: Cell Block H were seen regionally as it wasn't made by any ITV company, and so it would have been a coincidence if two different regions were showing the same episodes at the same time. I used to buy so many different aerials from Argos just to try and get Yorkshire TV in Nottingham - laughable now I have Sky and can get the regions in one way or another, even though it really isn't worth it anymore for obvious reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beccabear67 View Post
    Thanks for the extra info. I think I have a fairly intricate grip on ITV and Channel 4 but there were some things about the BBC I wasn't sure about... until now, thank you! Imagine if there'd ever been offshore pirate tv like there was radio for awhile for another layer? I think the U.K. had a very unique system which evolved and led to a lot of great programs being created and realize that a lot of this was lost through mergers and simplification. De-regionalization is like one size fits all and I'm glad if there are still some differences.
    I believe that there was briefly a TV version of Radio Caroline in around 1970 (looking at old microfilm newspaper copies) but it didn't last long because of the authorities finding out. Reading a book which was out to mark 50 years of ITV in 2005, there were mentions that the plan was to have a sports franchise; an entertainment franchise; a drama franchise and so on - when one thinks about it, a news franchise exists because of ITN providing news to the channel.

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    I suppose the Australian shows are imports, but I don't really think of them that way. Of course some of them are co-productions.
    The Australian shows are indeed imports - The Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters were two of them, although Granada's Families which was more or less scheduled in the same slot, was British made and I think it was made with the support of an Australian TV company, hence the implication of Australia in many storylines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    When my Aunt & Uncle lived in semi-rural Lincolnshire it was possible to pick up 3 different regions depending on which you pointed the aerial, Yorkshire, Anglia or East Midlands.

    When BBC2 last showed Star Trek on a Sunday morning some regions opted out to screen The Super League Show.
    I would have liked to have lived in Lincolnshire as well and get both Central and Yorkshire. As for the Super League Show, it was the last England regional programme to be on BBC 2 and by the mid 2000s there was controversy that it was still there, and some viewers who only had digital couldn't see it if they had BBC 2 on - one even wondered why BBC 2 had different programmes on the different TV sets in their house. It did make it to BBC 1 eventually.
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    I remember reading that when ITV went 24 hours they considered making the night time hours a separate national franchise

    The potential audience & revenue from advertising was too low to make it viable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I remember reading that when ITV went 24 hours they considered making the night time hours a separate national franchise

    The potential audience & revenue from advertising was too low to make it viable.
    I don't think Central would have been part of it, unless they were the main provider of the programmes to the network - they didn't show Night Network because they wanted to continue showing films in that slot, as well as continue their Jobfinder service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    I don't think Central would have been part of it, unless they were the main provider of the programmes to the network - they didn't show Night Network because they wanted to continue showing films in that slot, as well as continue their Jobfinder service.
    That's probably the reason any ideas of a night time franchise didn't work out.

    At the same time there was an attempt to have an overnight radio service for all the independent local stations.

    When they started out had some big name DJs, but had trouble selling enough advertising because most of the stations in the big cities were already had overnight shows.

    In spite of Richard Branson investing in the project & the big names being replaced by lesser DJs, it eventually proved to be unviable.
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    It wasn't until 2004 that ITV plc came into place, and in hindsight the channel was referred to as a dysfunctional family, what with one company doing completely the opposite thing to another.

    In the mid 1990s Gem AM had something called the Overnight Express - could this be what you were referring to? I suppose that it was the shape of things to come when DJs were "voice-tracked", and non-London radio stations started to have national DJs on their local stations, almost giving the illusion that the programme was literally and exclusively coming from that radio station only, unless one can pick up more than one radio station in which that was untrue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Jobfinder service.
    This is something I'm a bit hazy on... did Central have a live show, a text bulletin board, or something else for people looking for work? I've read a lot about the CeeFax and Oracle services, was it connected to something like them?

    I always admired how in the U.K. uses were found for television that didn't seem to get thought of in America. PBS in the U.S. did have some elementary schools programming, but I think it was always a bit unofficial. We had an Open University type of set up in Canada with our provincial versions of PBS, TV Ontario and The Knowledge Network, airing telecourses with actual higher education credits involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beccabear67 View Post
    This is something I'm a bit hazy on... did Central have a live show, a text bulletin board, or something else for people looking for work? I've read a lot about the CeeFax and Oracle services, was it connected to something like them?
    I think that originally it was a Ceefax-alike text service but they later used written text on a dark coloured background - obviously I was still in bed when it was on the TV and so I wouldn't have seen it back then. Other regions started to do their own Jobfinder service after that until the early 2000s.
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