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 Wednesday, September 21, 2005

ITV 50 (a semi-clickable history)

Franchise birth:
1955: Rediffusion (London), ATV (London weekend)
1956: Granada (North), ATV (Midlands), ABC (North weekend & Midlands weekend)
1957: Scottish (Central Scotland)
1958: Southern (South), TWW (S Wales & West)
1959: Anglia (E), Tyne Tees (NE), Ulster (N Ireland)
1961: Westward (SW), Grampian (N Scotland), Border (S Scotland)
1962: Channel (Channel Islands), Teledu Cymru (N Wales)
1983: TV-am

Franchise changeover:
1968: ABC & Rediffusion → Thames, ATV → London Weekend, Granada (E) → Yorkshire, TWW & Teledu Cymru → HTV
1982: ATV → Central, Southern → TVS, Westward → TSW
1993: Thames → Carlton, TVS → Meridian, TSW → Westcountry, TV-am → GMTV

Franchise takeover/merger
1993: Yorkshire merge with Tyne Tees
1994: Carlton takeover Central, Granada takeover LWT
1996: Carlton takeover Westcountry
1997: Granada takeover Yorkshire/Tyne Tees, Scottish takeover Grampian
2000: Granada takeover Anglia and Meridian, Carlton takeover HTV
2004: Granada merge with Carlton and Border to form ITV plc

Franchises today
2005: ITV, Scottish, Ulster, Channel

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