17 Facts About ITV Network


ITV Network plc holds the Channel 3 broadcasting licences for every region except for central and northern Scotland, which are held by STV Group.

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In Northern Ireland, ITV Network plc used the brand name UTV as the name of the channel until April 2020.

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ITV Network is regulated by the media regulator Ofcom who is responsible for awarding the broadcast licences.

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In exchange for this programming, the ITV network is available on all platforms free to air and can be found at the top of the EPG of all providers.

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Since the launch of the platform in 1998, all of the ITV Network licensees have received gifted capacity on the digital terrestrial television platform.

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ITV Network plc owns thirteen of the fifteen franchises and broadcasts to England, Wales, southern Scotland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland through its subsidiary company ITV Network Broadcasting Limited.

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ITV Network owns the breakfast television licence, which as of January 2020, broadcasts across the network between 6:00 and 10:00am each morning using the Good Morning Britain and Lorraine names.

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In Northern Ireland, ITV Network used the UTV brand name as the name of the channel until April 2020.

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ITV Network produces a large proportion of ITV's networked programming, with the rest coming primarily from independent suppliers .

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Currently ITV Network are behind the formats for Dancing on Ice, The Voice UK and I'm a Celebrity.

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ITV Network continues with its regularly scheduled programming after Ideal World at around 3am with showbiz news bulletin FYI Extra and repeats, many of which have on-screen BSL signing for the deaf community.

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Regional ITV Network companies are required to provide local news as part of their franchise agreement together with local weather forecasts, with the main local bulletin at 6pm and regional bulletins located after each national news programme.

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Teletext on ITV Network was provided by ORACLE from 1974 until 1993 and from 1993 to 2010 by Teletext Ltd.

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ITV Network is widely available in Ireland, where it is received directly in areas bordering Northern Ireland, or in coastal areas from Wales .

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ITV Network programming is available to Irish viewers on Virgin Media One .

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ITV Network is available on cable and IPTV in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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Since the launch of ITV Network, there have been concerns from politicians and the press that ITV Network faced a conflict concerning programme audiences and advertisers.

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