The ITV network of the United Kingdom is divided into a number of regions for the purposes of regional news, weather and advertising.

Current regions

The table below lists the current regions for ITV and its two associated channels, the timeshifted ITV +1 and the high-definition ITV HD. The three channels use different regions.[1][2][3]

The region coded to table below
The region coded to table below
Map ref Freeview Satellite Virgin Media Service area
SD +1 HD HD SD +1 HD/SD +1
  1e
Anglia (East)[4] Anglia (East) Meridian (East) Anglia (East) Meridian (East) Meridian (East) Anglia (East) Meridian (East) Norfolk, Suffolk, northern and eastern Essex
  1w
Anglia (West)[5] Anglia (West) Anglia (West) Cambridgeshire, most of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, northeastern Hertfordshire and northeastern Buckinghamshire
  2e
Border(England)[6] Granada Granada Border (England) Border (Scotland) Granada Border (England) Granada Central and northern Cumbria
  2s
Border (Scotland)[6] Border (England) Border (Scotland) N/A[note 1] N/A[note 1] Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders
  3e
Central (East)[7] Central (West) Central (West) Central (East) Central (West) Central (West) Central (East) Central (West) Leicestershire, central and southern Derbyshire, southern Nottinghamshire, Rutland and southwestern Lincolnshire
  3w
Central (West)[8] Central (West) Central (West) Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Worcestershire and northern Gloucestershire
   4 Channel[9] N/A N/A N/A Channel N/A N/A[note 1] N/A[note 1] Channel Islands
  5
Granada[10] Granada Granada Granada Granada Granada Granada Granada Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, northwestern Derbyshire, southern Cumbrian coast, western North Yorkshire and Isle of Man
  6
London[11] London London London London London London London Greater London, southern and western Essex, western Kent, Surrey, eastern Berkshire, southern Buckinghamshire, southern, central and northwestern Hertfordshire
  7e
Meridian (East)[12] Meridian (East) Meridian (East) Meridian (East) Meridian (East) Meridian (East) Meridian (East) Meridian (East) Central and eastern Kent and East Sussex (except southwest)
  7s
Meridian (South Coast)[13] Meridian (South Coast) Meridian (South Coast) Central and southern Hampshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, central and eastern Dorset, southeastern Wiltshire and southwestern East Sussex
  7t
Meridian (Thames Valley)[14] Meridian (Thames Valley) Meridian (Thames Valley) Oxfordshire, central and northwestern Buckinghamshire, western Berkshire, northern Hampshire, eastern Gloucestershire and southwestern Northamptonshire
  8e
STV Central (Edinburgh)[15] STV Central (Glasgow) (Edinburgh evening news opt-out) STV Central (Glasgow) STV Central (Edinburgh) (Sky)
STV Central (Glasgow) (Freesat)
STV Central (Edinburgh) N/A[note 2] STV Central (Edinburgh) STV Central (Glasgow)
(Edinburgh evening news opt-out)
Edinburgh and surrounding area
  8w
STV Central (Glasgow)[16] STV Central (Glasgow) STV Central (Glasgow) STV Central (Glasgow) STV Central (Glasgow) STV Central (Glasgow) Central and western Scotland (excluding Edinburgh area)
  9a
STV North (Aberdeen)[17] STV North (Aberdeen) STV Central (Glasgow) STV North (Aberdeen) (Sky)
STV Central (Glasgow) (Freesat)
STV North (Aberdeen) N/A[note 2] N/A[note 1] N/A[note 1] Northern and eastern Scotland
  9d
STV North (Dundee)[note 3][18] STV North (Dundee)[note 3] (Sky)
STV Central (Glasgow) (Freesat)
STV North (Dundee) STV North (Dundee)[note 3] STV North (Aberdeen) Dundee and surrounding area
  10
Tyne Tees[19] Tyne Tees Tyne Tees Tyne Tees Granada Granada Tyne Tees Granada County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside, Tyne and Wear and northern North Yorkshire
  11
UTV[20] UTV UTV UTV UTV Granada UTV UTV Northern Ireland
  12
Wales[21] Wales Wales Wales Wales Central (West) Wales Central (West) Wales
  13e
West[note 4][22] West Central (West) West[note 4] Central (West) Central (West) West[note 4] Central (West) Bristol, southern Gloucestershire, most of Wiltshire, northern fringes of Dorset and Somerset
  13w
West Country[note 5][23] West Country West Country[note 5] West Country[note 5] Devon, Cornwall and western Dorset
  14e
Yorkshire (East)[24] Yorkshire (East) Yorkshire (West) Yorkshire (East) Granada Granada Yorkshire (East) Granada East Riding of Yorkshire, most of Lincolnshire, central Nottinghamshire and northeastern Derbyshire
  14w
Yorkshire (West)[25] Yorkshire (West) Yorkshire (West) South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, central and southern North Yorkshire and northern Nottinghamshire
  1. ^ a b c d e f Virgin Media is not available in the Border (Scotland), Channel or STV North (Aberdeen) regions
  2. ^ a b On Sky, ITV +1 London in on channel 973 in STV regions
  3. ^ a b c Also known as STV Tayside
  4. ^ a b c Also known as West Country (East)
  5. ^ a b c Also known as West Country (West)

Most transmitter areas overlap to some extent, so ITV regional services can often be received beyond the service areas indicated above. Regional and sub-regional news and weather coverage may extend to include overlap areas.

History

Main article: History of ITV

Regional branding 1955–2006

Independent Television began as a franchised network of independently-owned regional companies that were both broadcasters and programme makers. Each regional station was responsible for its own branding, scheduling and advertising, with many peak-time programmes shared simultaneously across the whole network. The companies serving London, the Midlands, North West England and Yorkshire (which were the first to start broadcasting in 1955 and 1956) were responsible for making or commissioning the majority of nationally-networked programmes; these companies were known as the "Big Four" before 1968 and the "Big Five" afterwards (reflecting the number of companies). Every company made its own regional programmes.

The network began with companies serving London in 1955, and gradually grew until all companies were on air by 1962, and continued to grow as more transmitters were provided for existing companies during the 1960s and 1970s. Over time, some companies lost their franchises and were replaced by others, and the regions covered by some franchises were changed. From 1993, mergers between ITV companies became possible; as a result, companies began to take each other over to increase efficiencies and to expand. By 2004, all of the ITV franchises in England and Wales were owned by the newly-formed ITV plc, the four other franchises being Scottish TV, Grampian TV, UTV and Channel.

Regional continuity branding

Further information: History of ITV television idents and Continuity announcers in the United Kingdom

The list below indicates the on-air brand names predominantly used by each regional company, which may differ from the official company name or franchise name. Each company used its own branding:

Thus companies' brands were often seen by viewers outside their own areas, especially the Big Four/Five brands. From 1989, a national ITV corporate identity was established, which saw regional brands combined with the national ITV brand, although the balance between regional and national brands varied from company to company.

By 2002, all regional companies in England and Wales were owned by either Granada plc or Carlton Communications. These companies carried identical schedules, except for regional news and weather which continued to use joint regional and ITV1 branding. At all other times national ITV1 branding alone was used in England but not Wales. Two years later, Granada and Carlton merged to form ITV plc. Regional branding in England was completely abolished in 2006.

Some regions were divided into sub-regions for the purposes of regional news and advertising, but these sub-regions were not usually identified by on-air branding and consequently are not shown here.

Area First on air[26] 1955–
1968[27]
1968–
1982[27]
1982–
1992[27]
1993–
2002[27]
2002–
2006[note 2]
Northern Scotland 30 September 1961 Grampian Grampian Television Grampian TV[note 3]
Central Scotland 31 August 1957 Scottish Television / STV Scottish Television Scottish TV[note 3]
Northern Ireland 31 October 1959 Ulster Television UTV
Channel Islands 1 September 1962[28] Channel Television Channel Television / CTV CTV Channel
North East England 15 January 1959.[29] Tyne Tees Television TTTV / Tyne Tees TTTV / Tyne Tees / North East 3[note 4][29] ITV1 Tyne Tees
Southern Scotland,
Cumbria, Isle of Man
1 September 1961[30] Border Television Border ITV1 Border
North West England 3 May 1956 Granada ITV1 Granada
Yorkshire 3 November 1956 Yorkshire Television Yorkshire Television ITV1 Yorkshire
Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire 20 December 1965 Anglia Anglia until 1974
Yorkshire Television from 1974[31]
East of England 27 October 1959 Anglia ITV1 Anglia
Midlands 17 February 1956
ATV Central Central / Carlton (Central)[note 7] ITV1 Carlton[note 7] / ITV1 for Central England / ITV1 Central[note 8]
South and South East England 30 August 1958 Southern TVS Meridian ITV1 Meridian
London area 22 September 1955
ITV1 (London)
Wales 14 September 1962 Teledu Cymru from WWN until 1964 Harlech / HTV Cymru Wales HTV Wales HTV (Cymru Wales) ITV1 Wales
Teledu Cymru from TWW after 1964[note 14]
South Wales and West of England
VHF only
14 January 1958 TWW (General)[note 15] Harlech / HTV (General) HTV (General) until 1985 N/A
West of England
except VHF
June 1970 N/A HTV West HTV (West) ITV1 West of England / ITV1 West[note 8]
South West England 29 April 1961 Westward Westward TV TSW Westcountry / Carlton (Westcountry)[note 16][32] ITV1 Carlton[note 16] / ITV1 for the Westcountry / ITV1 Westcountry[note 8]
Nationwide breakfast franchise 1 February 1983 N/A TV-am[note 17] GMTV[note 18]
Nationwide teletext franchise 1978 N/A ORACLE Teletext

In the table above coloured highlights denote companies whose broadcasting times were limited:

Regional maps

National branding from 2002

From 2002, all regional companies in England used national ITV1 branding alone for networked programmes. Similarly in Scotland, both the Scottish and Grampian regions were rebranded in 2006 as "STV" at all times.

National continuity branding

Area 2002–2006 2006–2013 2013 2014–2020 from 2020 2013
Northern Scotland Grampian TV STV
Central Scotland Scottish TV
Northern Ireland UTV ITV[33][note 19]
Channel Islands Channel ITV1 Channel Television ITV
England, Southern Scotland, Isle of Man ITV1[note 20]
Wales ITV1 Wales ITV Wales ITV Cymru Wales

Franchise and news regions

With all English franchises owned by ITV plc, there have been times when the news regions have not coincided with the official franchise regions. These exceptions are listed in the tables below. For the names of the regional news programmes, see ITV (TV network) § Regional programming.

ITV network regions and sub-regions continue to be used by ITV Media to sell different advertisements in each sub-region.

Area 2004–2006 2006–2009 2009–2013[34] from 2014
Northern Scotland Grampian Television STV North
Central Scotland Scottish Television STV Central
Northern Ireland UTV
Channel Islands Channel Television ITV Channel Television
North East England ITV Tyne Tees News: ITV Tyne Tees & Border[35]
Franchise: ITV Tyne Tees
ITV Tyne Tees
Southern Scotland, Cumbria ITV Border News: ITV Tyne Tees & Border[35]
Franchise: ITV Border
ITV Border
Isle of Man[36] ITV Granada
North West England ITV Granada
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire ITV Yorkshire
East of England ITV Anglia
Midlands ITV Central ITV Central
Oxfordshire News: ITV Thames Valley[37]
Franchise: ITV Central
News: ITV Meridian
Franchise: ITV Central
ITV Meridian
Berkshire,
northern Hampshire
ITV Meridian News: ITV Thames Valley[37]
Franchise: ITV Meridian
ITV Meridian
South and South East England ITV Meridian
London area News: ITV London
Franchises: ITV London Weekday and ITV London Weekend
Wales News: ITV Wales
Franchise: ITV Wales & West
ITV Cymru Wales
West of England News: ITV West
Franchise: ITV Wales & West
News: ITV West and Westcountry
Franchise: ITV Wales & West
News: ITV West Country
Franchise: ITV Wales & West
ITV West Country
South West England ITV Westcountry News: ITV West and Westcountry
Franchise: ITV Westcountry
News: ITV West Country
Franchise: ITV Westcountry

Maps of ITV-branded franchise and news regions

Production branding

Each regional company was not just a broadcaster but also a television production company. After mergers, all the production arms of the companies acquired by ITV plc were taken over by Granada Productions, which became ITV Studios in 2009. The two STV regions formed SMG Productions, which became STV Productions and then STV Studios.

Area 2002–2004 2004–2006 2006–2009 2009–2020 From 2020
Northern and Central Scotland SMG Productions STV Productions[note 21] STV Studios
Northern Ireland UTV
Channel Islands Channel Television ITV Studios
Southern Scotland, Isle of Man, North, East, South & South East England, London (weekend) Granada combined with regional company name and logo
ITV Productions[note 22]
London (weekday), Midlands, West & South West England, Wales Carlton Productions

Notes

  1. ^ Production logos appeared immediately after programmes ("endcaps") and also, on ITV until 1989, immediately before ("frontcaps").
  2. ^ ITV1 regional names in England were used only before regional programmes
  3. ^ a b From 2000
  4. ^ "North East 3" branding (also "Channel 3 North East") was used between 1996 and 1998
  5. ^ a b c Mondays to Fridays
  6. ^ a b c Saturdays and Sundays
  7. ^ a b Carlton branding replaced Central branding between 1999 and 2003
  8. ^ a b c From 2004
  9. ^ Rebranded "Rediffusion London" from 1964
  10. ^ Monday morning to Friday 7 pm
  11. ^ Fridays from 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  12. ^ a b Monday morning to Friday 5.15 pm (excluding 6 am to 9.25 am daily)
  13. ^ a b Fridays from 5.15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays (excluding 6 am to 9.25 am daily)
  14. ^ Temporarily branded as "Independent Television Service Teledu Cymru" for a three-month transitional period in 1968
  15. ^ Temporarily branded as "Independent Television Service for South Wales and the West" for a three-month transitional period in 1968
  16. ^ a b Carlton branding replaced Westcountry branding between 1999 and 2003
  17. ^ 6 am to 9.15 am daily
  18. ^ 6 am to 9.25 am daily
  19. ^ UTV branding is still used with regional programmes.
  20. ^ Until 2006, regional programmes outside London were preceded by continuity with joint ITV1/regional branding
  21. ^ From 2008.
  22. ^ Programmes made for ITV networks and regions. Programmes made for other broadcasters credited to Granada Productions.

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