British free-to-air television channel

ITV is a British free-to-air commercial television channel in the United Kingdom owned and operated by ITV Digital Channels, a division of ITV plc, and is a part of ITV network. Previously a network of separate regional television channels, ITV currently operates in England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and United States. From 2001 until 2013, the channel was called ITV1. In 2004, Granada acquired Carlton Communications to form ITV plc. ITV also manages an international network supported by subscription services, and its programmes are also available in the UK via Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, and ITV Hub. A Europe version of ITV launched in 2004 on FL1, Citycable, Orange TV, Dstv, YouView & UPC Programming. ITV launched in Middle East and North Africa on beIN. An Asian version of ITV launched in 2014 on TVPlayer, beIN and Virgin TV Go. An Australian version of ITV launched in 2008 on Swisscom TV Australia & Sky Go.

CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaEngland, Wales, South Scotland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and United States
SloganMore than TV
Language(s)British English
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceITV +1
OwnerITV plc
Sister channels
Launched22 September 1955; 68 years ago (1955-09-22) (network)
28 October 2002; 21 years ago (2002-10-28) (unified ITV branding)
Former namesITV1 (2001-2013)
FreeviewChannel 3 (SD)
Channel 34 (+1)
Channel 103 (HD)
Virgin Media
  • Channel 103 (HD)
  • Channel 113 (SD)
  • Channel 114 (+1)
  • Channel 853 (AD) (ITV London)
UPC (Switzerland)Channel 205 (HD) (ITV London)
Citycable (Switzerland)Channel 405 (HD) (ITV London)
  • Channel 103 (HD) (SD in parts of Scotland)
  • Channel 111 (SD) (HD in parts of Scotland)
  • Channel 112 (+1)
  • Channel 977 (AD) (ITV London)
Sky (UK only)
  • Channel 103 (SD)
  • Channel 176 (HD) (parts of England and Scottish Borders)
  • Channel 203 (+1)
  • Channel 803 (+2) (parts of England and Wales)
  • Channel 973 (AD & +1) (ITV London)
Astra 2E (28.2°E
  • 10758 V 22000 5/6
  • 10891 H 22000 5/6
  • 10906 V 22000 5/6
Astra 2G (28.2°E)
  • 10994 H 22000 5/6
  • 11053 H 23000 3/4 (HD)
  • 11068 V 23000 3/4 (HD)
Eutelsat 10A (BFBS)8003
NSS 12 (BFBS)8103
SES 6 (BFBS)8103
FL1 (Liechtenstein)Channel 114
SwisscomTV (Switzerland)Channel arbitrary
Streaming media
ITV HubWatch live (ITV London, ITV regions only)
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV GoWatch live (ITV London, UK only)
Sky GoWatch live (UK and Ireland only)

In 2006, they purchased ITV for their selves after Carlton Communications. The companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2022, closing ITV channel in the world. Phillip has confirmed that there would be no more ITV after 2013 and 2019 channels. ITV1 will be available for the new name and it will be released on 15 November 2022.

History change

ITV was launched in 1955 as Independent Television the first TV channel in the United Kingdom.

ITV name was only used in England, Wales, Southern Scotland and Isle of Man until Channel Television adopted the name in January 2006, bringing it to the Channel Islands.

The licensees that used the ITV & ITV1 brand are: ITV Anglia, ITV Border, ITV Carlton Television, ITV Central Independent Television, ITV Channel Television, ITV Granada, ITV Wales & West, ITV London Weekend Television, ITV Meridian, ITV Tyne Tees, ITV Westcountry and ITV Yorkshire.

The network production arms of the ITV-plc owned licencees have been gradually combined since 1993 to eventually form ITV Studios.

Regions change

Broadcast area Pre-ITV1 branding Post-ITV1 branding
English-Scottish border/Isle of Man Border ITV
North East England Tyne Tees ITV
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Yorkshire ITV
North West England Granada ITV
Wales HTV Wales ITV Cymru Wales
West of England HTV West ITV
The Midlands Carlton Central[1] ITV
East of England Anglia ITV
London (weekdays) Carlton London ITV
London (weekends) LWT (London Weekend Television) ITV
South and South East England Meridian ITV
South West England Carlton Westcountry[1] ITV
Channel Islands Channel ITV Channel Television

In the English regions, + Border Scotland, Channel Islands Isle of Man and Channel of Man the channel has been known from 2006 until 2013 as ITV1, since 14 January 2013 to 2022 as ITV at all times and November 15, 2022 as ITV1 at all times.

The ITV Wales name is not used overnight.

Areas without full ITV branding:

Broadcast area Present Branding Former Branding
Northern Ireland UTV Ulster Television***
Northern Scotland STV (North) Grampian Television
Central Scotland STV (Central) Scottish Television

Branding and Idents change

Independent Television (1955–1989) change

From the founding of the ITV Network in 1955, it was known nationally as Independent Television (later ITV) and locally by the regional branding of the local ITV franchise operator.

ITV (1989–1998) change

In 1989, the ITV Association set out a basic presentation package with a new "ITV" logo, which included idents, promotions and general on and off air design, and an edit of this package was designed for each franchise holder. The dual branded idents included a large "ITV" logo, in which the "V" contained Viking part of the franchise's logo, and written below the logo in a grey capitalised font was the name of the regional broadcaster. However, only half of the regional broadcasters opted to use the package, which had completely failed by 1997.

ITV (1998-2001) change

In 1999, another second common presentation (once again using dual-branding with the ITV name) was launched, under the theme, "TV from the Heart".

ITV1 (2001–2013) change

By 2001, all eleven franchises of England and Wales were owned by either Granada plc or Carlton Communications, and a new common name, ITV1, was launched on 11 August 2001 to coincide with digital channel ITV2. The existing "Hearts" idents were simply re-edited.

In January 2006, the channel adopted a new on-air look to coincide with the launch of ITV4, designed mainly to improve cross-channel promotion across ITV's multichannel presence. The new logo brought ITV1, ITV2 and ITV3 in line with ITV4's, and had been observed on various billboard ads in the UK when the new identity was first used on-screen on 16 January 2006.

ITV Day change

In 2005, ITV plc introduced a new channel branding called ITV Day, used to identify ITV1 between 9.25am and 6.00pm. ITV Day was treated as a separate entity to ITV1 and featured its own presentation set focusing using the colours of red, orange and yellow and featured scenes of typical "daytime" activities. Promotions were used in a similar format to ITV1, and all daytime programmes advertised within ITV1 hours were branded with the ITV Day logo. A similar "UTV Day" branding was adopted in Northern Ireland. Michael Grade took ITV customers to ITV HD took place in 2006.

2013 rebranding change

On 15 November 2012, it was announced that as part of a major rebranding, ITV1 was renamed back to its previous name, ITV. In addition to this, ITV had a new colour-changing logo stylised as handwriting, that changed colour depending on the programming it is used on. It was revealed that the logo had green and purple for Dancing on Ice, and green and brown for I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[2] The overhaul is linked to ITV's attempt to cut costs, curb debts and reduce the company's reliance on advertising. This overhaul of their brand affected all ITV plc channels and online services. This rebrand went live on 14 January 2013, at the same time as the other ITV channels. Also for the first time in its history, a digital on-screen graphic (DOG) was introduced.

2019 rebranding change

On January 1, 2019, Grade renamed its logo, and is owned by Wayback Machine in England. The logo is now ITV Digital Channels in 2019 instead of ITV plc so as of 2022, 2023 and 2024, ITV plc and ITV Digital Channels continues the channel to use this logo.

2022 rebranding change

As of 2022, both channels continues to use their logos. The dual branded idents included a medium "ITV1" logo in which the V and 1 contained the part of the franchise logo, and written the below the logo in a light blue capitalised font that was printed on regular broadcasters.

Spin-off channels change

ITV has two spin-off channels, ITV HD & ITV +1, which both launched in 2009. ITV HD was originally available in 2006 for a while for some programming, but officially launched in 2009.

ITV2 launch of the day ITV2 +1 Start of CITV+1 'stv' CSTV

Availability outside the UK change

ITV (as UTV) is widely available in the Republic of Ireland on cable and MMDS, as well as being received directly in areas bordering Northern Ireland, or in coastal areas from Wales (as ITV Wales). It is also available on cable and IPTV in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Since 27 March 2013, ITV London has been offered by British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) to members of HM Forces and their families around the world, replacing the BFBS3 TV channel, which already carried a selection of ITV programmes.[3]

Logos change

Programming change

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Carltonisation of ITV". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  2. "ITV1 to become ITV in channel rebrand". The Daily Telegraph. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  3. "BFBS TV IS CHANGING". Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2014.

Other websites change