As today is the 60th anniversary of the launch of ITV (in London at least) I thought that I would do one final piece looking back at the history of regional ITV presentation. First of all, I should point out that I didn’t review every single ITV company that there has ever been. The likes of Rediffusion, ABC and TWW were only ever on-air in the 50s and 60s so there is very little online about the history of these companies and of course I don’t remember ever watching them myself, so I decided to concentrate on reviewing any company that lasted into the 70s, 80s and 90s.
As a Londoner I was the most familiar with the Thames, LWT and Carlton regions, but thanks to great sites such as TV Ark I have now been able to watch presentation clips from just about every region. They really have been great to watch. As for questions such as what is my favourite ident, it is very difficult to answer, so many different styles have been used and some were made with cutting-edge computer technology, some were made with pieces of card. I’ll always have a soft spot for the Thames skyline of course as that was one of the first things that I remember seeing on TV and it still endures as a design classic.
I have enjoyed the in-vision continuity clips that I have seen. Aside from the Thames/LWT announcers that I remember, from other regions I have liked many including TSW’s Ian Stirling, Central’s Mike Prince and Granada’s Colin Weston. Seeing clips of them it really came across to me how much viewers enjoyed watching them in their region.
I also took a look back at local news coverage which is just about the only part of regional ITV that still continues to this day. Having also reviewed CITV, BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4, and Channel 5, there are still some elements of presentation that I want to review, including taking a look back at some of my favourite adverts.
There’s still a couple of elements of ITV presentation that I could review, including news coverage with ITN, and ITV Sport programmes. I also want to take a look at presentation of TV in Ireland and America, and I might review a few vintage copies of TV Times that I have too so there’s more to come.
Happy 60th birthday to ITV!