29 Facts About Channel Television


ITV Channel Television, previously Channel Television, is a British television station which has served as the ITV contractor for the Channel Islands since 1962.

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Until November 2011, Channel Television was one of four ITV companies independent from ITV plc alongside the two STV regions in Scotland and UTV in Northern Ireland.

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Until the takeover by ITV plc, Channel Television had a responsibility to ensure independent productions for ITV complied with the regulator Ofcom's broadcasting rules.

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Channel Television handled compliance for programmes including The X Factor, Midsomer Murders and the British Comedy Awards.

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Channel Television was awarded the licence for the islands in 1960 by the then regulator the Independent Television Authority.

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Channel Television finally went on the air on 1 September 1962, the 16th ITV station to launch.

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Size of Channel Television's audience made the station initially vulnerable to any disputes and disturbances to the ITV network as a whole.

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However, Channel Television managed to escape the large ITV strike that blacked out the rest of the network in August–October 1979, on the same understanding as before.

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Channel Television managed to provide a service based mainly on films, imports, extended local news coverage and regional programming, with the biggest problem coming from difficulties in transporting film to the Jersey studios.

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Channel Television made advances during this period to enhance its service.

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In 1970, Channel formalised its relationship with South West England ITV franchisee holder Westward Television allowing a greater share of programming between the two franchise holders.

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Just before the 1979 ITV strike began, Channel Television became only the second TV station in Europe to introduce electronic news-gathering to its local news operation, ending the use of film.

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However, in 1986 Channel changed from whom it sourced its network feed, instead changing to Television South which served the South and South East of England from Southampton.

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For instance, Channel Television had to miss over 100 episodes of The Young Doctors, the first nine episodes of Prisoner Cell Block H which had been screened on TVS in 1985, and it had to re-show 60 episodes of Sons and Daughters as TVS was behind TSW.

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Channel Television had won the right to continue broadcasting beyond 1993.

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In 1996, Channel Television began a subtitling service for its local programmes.

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In 2001, Channel Television was bought by the Yattendon Investment Trust, although the buy-out did not lead to a noticeable change on screen.

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Channel Television subsequently remained one of two franchises to be not part of a consortium.

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However, as the programme was independently produced Channel Television is seen as the offending broadcaster for not ensuring compliance, despite Channel Television having no role in commissioning the programme.

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In early 2008, Channel began broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen, approximately a decade after the rest of the network became widescreen capable with the launch of digital terrestrial television.

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The Channel Islands completed the switchover from analogue to digital television signals in November 2010.

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Channel Television operates two studios: the Jersey headquarters at Castle Quay on the St Helier waterfront and a Guernsey studio at Television House in Bulwer Avenue in St Sampson, a building shared with BBC Radio Guernsey.

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Channel Television moved to its current, smaller premises at Castle Quay in June 2015.

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Channel Television previously had a London office, latterly based near to The London Studios, from where it ran its third-party compliance business.

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Channel Television kept the clock up to 2002, using it to introduce news and, more unusually, announce the local temperature and tide times prior to the following programme.

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The CTV logo remained, both on end captions and as the company logo, while on screen Channel Television utilised the device of the word 'Channel Television' written in a variety of fonts arranged in circles and moving, spinning and pulsating to a tune of a simple jingle.

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Channel Television used the generic look, albeit with its own soundtrack, until 2002.

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In late 2004 Channel Television used idents of scenes from around the Channel Television Islands, with the logo in a stripe down the left side of the screen.

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In 2006, Channel Television, whilst being fiercely independent and regional, adopted a variation of the national ITV1 network branding and shared continuity, due to it receiving a non-clean feed of networked programming from ITV Meridian.

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