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✎ I see you off to distant clouds

Published 18 February 2017

The wrecking ball takes the last hint of Tyne Tees Television in Newcastle

Thank U and Goodnight

Published 17 October 2016

Colm O’Rourke watches the end of one era and the start of another

ITV’s regional news u-turn

Published 26 May 2012

BLOG: Remember a few years ago when ITV plc decided that 17 regional news programmes was unsustainable and that to make commercial sense they should only have nine in England and Wales? Well that was in 2009. Now it’s 2012 and it seems ITV have had a change of heart.

Reshuffling the news

Published 13 September 2011

BLOG: It’s been the way it has been for so long that we just accept it. However I can’t be the only one who finds the fact that at 6pm ITV1 shows the national news after the regional news?

The end of the Border line

Published 9 September 2010

Colm O’Rourke reflects on the life and death of Border Television

Express takeover

Published 23 July 2010

Another chapter in Five’s turbulent history begins with Richard Desmond’s acquisition of Channel Five from RTL for £103.5m being finally confirmed today after months of negotiation (and speculation from the…

Not a time for favours

Published 8 February 2010

BSkyB agrees to cut ITV stake In recent weeks it has been obvious that the “love affair” between politicians and BSkyB – at least in public – has started to…

Risky business

Published 28 September 2009

ITV uncertainty could open doors to takeover bid, says analyst If you now have a distinct feeling along the lines that “We’ve been here before”, then you are almost certainly…

Change of heart?

Published 23 April 2009

Michael Grade to step down as ITV chief executive This move comes as a modest surprise given the fact that Michael Grade was scheduled to stay on as chief executive…

Reputation isn’t enough

Published 4 March 2009

ITV admits defeat on content-led turnaround I’ll say this now; Michael Grade had exactly the right idea for a turnaround strategy for ITV plc as it stood, but the ‘r-word’…

Will anyone save Channel 4?

Published 25 February 2009

MPs’ report expected to question BBC and Channel 4 linkup Over recent months, around 90% of the media-related ministerial report ‘leaks’ have been ‘surprisingly’ accurate, so we can assume that…

The boring company that may play it’s part in saving ITV

Published 23 February 2009

Much of broadcasting is a rather boring sounding but essential business. Take SDN for example. It runs a multiplex on Freeview, meaning it provides the infrastructure that runs a sixth of the digital terrestrial television spectrum.

Closing the stable door

Published 16 January 2009

ITV fined £220,000 by Ofcom over regional quotas It has taken Ofcom a year to punish ITV for a regional programming expenditure shortfall in 2007 (likewise a two year delay…

Public or private?

Published 26 November 2008

Government ditches plans to give Channel 4 £14m digital switchover help So the Government has decided rather tacitly to withdraw the earlier digital switchover help proposed for Channel 4 in…

Taking on the big guy

Published 28 August 2008

There’s an element of inevitability about this one – and the one surprise is that has taken so long.

It’s a long way down

Published 7 August 2008

Viewpoint: Ofcom is key player in ITV drama So Michael Grade is threatening to hand back ITV plc’s Channel 3 regional licences since it’s now claimed that under the current…

London based and proud

Published 22 May 2008

There’s a certain irony that ITV apparently failed to meet its quotas for out of London production. Irony that a network which was founded on regional principles, to spread power and away from the capital, is now firmly rooted in London, and makes most of its programmes there.

Bye-bye Border?

Published 8 April 2008

The end for ITV’s smallest region?

BSkyB forced out of ITV

Published 29 January 2008

It can’t have come as much of a surprise that BSkyB have been instructed to reduce their stake in ITV plc from 17.9% to at most 7.5%. Nay, not even…

Compare and contrast…

Published 10 December 2004

Thomson buys ITV’s special effects unit TWW History

Whither ITV?

Published 1 November 2004

Andrew Bowden sees a post-analogue future

Undoing the inevitable

Published 1 January 2003

Carl Ellis wants to unpick the Carlton-Granada tie-up

A merger too far

Published 1 January 2003

One ITV multiplies the business risks, says Ian Beaumont

Devolution

Published 1 December 2002

ITV will soon be effectively unregulated says Andrew Bowden

Know future

Published 1 June 2002

Stephen Hopkins on the mess ITV has made for itself

Major Merger

Published 1 June 2002

James Barrington rues a single English ITV

Monkey business

Published 1 June 2002

David Hastings writes on the depressing future for ITV1

All together now

Published 1 January 2002

It’s time for radical change at ITV, says Andrew Bowden

With a whimper

Published 1 September 2001

Ian Beaumont watches ITV slide out of the running