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Encyclopedia > Central Independent Television
Central Independent Television
Image:Central_TV.gif
Based in Birmingham,Nottingham
Broadcast area Midlands
Launched 1 January 1982

Image:Centraltv-90logo.jpg
The Central cake: Central TV logo 1985-1998
Closed Became Carlton Central in 1999, but lost on-air identity 27 October 2002 (known as ITV1 Central before regional programming only)
Replaced ATV
Website itvregions.com/central
Owned by ITV plc

Central Independent Television (commonly referred to as Central and officially known as ITV Central Ltd) is the British Independent Television company that succeeded ATV on 1 January 1982. The main news programme for the region is Central Tonight. On the 29th December 2006 the name of the company was changed to ITV Central Ltd. Southern Cross GTS/BKN an Australian television network, based in the Spencer Gulf area of South Australia. ... Image File history File links Central_TV.gif Summary It came from TV.com Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article is about the city in England. ... For other uses, see Nottingham (disambiguation). ... In general, the midlands of a territory are its central regions. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Central Logo 1988-1999 File links The following pages link to this file: Central Independent Television ... October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Associated TeleVision Limited, later ATV Network and best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981. ... ITV plc (LSE: ITV) is the British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial terrestrial television network in the United Kingdom. ... ITV (Independent Television) is the name popularly given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the network has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of... Associated TeleVision Limited, later ATV Network and best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Central Tonight is the main news programme on ITV Central. ...

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History

During the 1970s, ATV had often been criticised by various bodies within its constituency as having little interest in the area as its main studios were still located at Elstree, particularly when it came to local news which was felt by viewers in the east of its region as having a strong Birmingham slant (this being the production base of ATV in the Midlands). Historically, the name Elstree Studios refers to any of several film studios that were based in the town of Elstree and Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, England. ... This article is about the city in England. ... In general, the midlands of a territory are its central regions. ...


This was addressed partially by the company in 1980 in its application for the Midlands franchise to run from 1982 with plans for a second major facility in the area (to be based in Nottingham) and as part of the IBA plan for the contract to be a dual region, they would provide separate news coverage for both the East and the West Midlands. As part of this the name of the company would be changed from ATV Network Limited to ATV Midlands Limited, thus reinforcing its new regional focus. For other uses, see Nottingham (disambiguation). ...


The Independent Broadcasting Authority accepted the belief that ATV Midlands Ltd planned to take a more local identity: However they did not accept that the changes proposed would be significant enough to identify the new ATV from its predecessor. They awarded the contract to ATV Midlands Limited on the basis that further changes were to be implemented; The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was the regulatory body in the United Kingdom for commercial television (ITV and Channel 4 - cable and satellite television were the responsibility of the Cable Authority) and radio broadcasts. ...

  • Lew Grade's Associated Communications Corporation would divest 49% of its shareholding in the company to a mixture of local businesses, local public bodies and local residents via a share issue.
  • Significant changes had to be made at board level.
  • The registered office would move from London (Great Cumberland Place) to the studios at Birmingham.
  • That when the new facilities at Nottingham were operational the existing studios at Elstree would be closed, finally breaking the link ATV had with London since 1955.

To signify these major changes, the IBA stipulated one more condition: that ATV would have to change its name to symbolise that it was effectively a new company. Lew Grade, Baron Grade (birth name Louis Winogradsky) (December 25, 1906 - December 13, 1998) was an influential showbusiness impresario and television company executive in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


The name chosen was Central Independent Television after the company had tried to register itself as Central Television, only to find another company with that name. It is widely believed that an enterprising businessman had registered the name in the hope of obtaining royalties.


Launch

The name and the company logo, originally an sphere opening up to reveal a bright light before closing again (said to represent the new Central coming from the old ATV before the two became one representing freshness and continuity) was designed by the agency Minale Tattersfield, the same company who created the Thames Television waterfront ident. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


When Central launched, its region was subdivided into two sub-regions; one for the West Midlands (with studios in Birmingham), and one for the East Midlands (with studios in Nottingham). Initially, however, the Nottingham service was not seen by viewers for several weeks, because of an industrial action by technical staff. There are few differences between the subregions, but each has its own news service and advertisements. This led to the BBC also producing two news programmes (Midlands Today for the West and East Midlands Today for the East). The West Midlands is a geographical term describing the western half of central England, known as the Midlands. ... The East Midlands is one of the regions of England and consists of most of the eastern half of the traditional region of the Midlands. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... The BBC Midlands Today ident in use since September 2002 BBC Midlands Today is the BBCs regional television news programme for the West Midlands region, which is comprised of the West Midlands county, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. ... The BBC East Midlands Today ident BBC East Midlands Today is the BBCs regional television news programme for the east midlands region, which is comprises Derbyshire, Leicestershire, southern Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland (note this is different to the political East Midlands region). ...


Although a new identity to viewers, Central enjoyed the benefit of a effectively being a long-established ITV company. For a short while, some shows made by ATV prior to the changeover were transmitted with a static Central caption leading into an animated ATV ident, thus creating confusion to viewers and undermining any attempt by Central to impress its own identity. The much-vaunted share issue had a poor reception (the country was in recession at the time) and resulted in a large minor shareholding being obtained by businessman Robert Maxwell. Robert Maxwell Ian Robert Maxwell MC (June 10, 1923 – November 5, 1991), British media proprietor, rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing business. ...


Programme production

The company though performed strongly on programming carrying on several ATV shows, most notably the soap-opera Crossroads. Original programming included the comedy-drama Auf Wiedersehen Pet and the game show The Price is Right. Aside from continuing the populist theme of ATV the company also produced the heavyweight drama Walter for the first evening of Channel Four. A critically-acclaimed drama it starred Ian McKellen in the eponymous lead role as a handicapped man adjusting to life after the death of his mother. The company also produced the detective drama Inspector Morse in association with Zenith Productions, a subsidiary of Carlton Communications who, as Carlton Television would purchase Central in 1994. Like ATV, Central was a large contributor to programmes for schools and colleges on the ITV network. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is a popular British comedy-drama series created by Franc Roddam and mostly written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who had also written The Likely Lads, What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Porridge. ... The Price Is Rights US 35th season logo. ... Channel 4 is a television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... Sir Ian Murray McKellen CBE, (born May 25, 1939) is a veteran English stage and screen actor, the recipient of a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations. ... Handicapped may refer to: Disability, a human condition. ... Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character, who features in a series of thirteen detective novels by British author Colin Dexter, though he is better known for the 33 episode TV series produced by Central Independent Television from 1987–2000, in which he was portrayed by John Thaw. ... Carlton Television was the United Kingdom Channel 3 (ITV) licensee for London and the surrounding areas from 9:25am every Monday to 5. ...


It also scored a failure with the 1986 comedy Hardwicke House, about an anarchic comprehensive school. The first two episodes received so much public condemnation that the remainder were never aired and were eventually wiped at a cost of £100,000. Hardwicke House was a 1987 ITV sitcom which was cancelled after just two episodes. ...


Central's presentation improved and the branding and continuity became more refined, with the introduction of the Central cake, a multi-coloured globe.


Whereas local news had been a constant criticism of ATV, Central invested enormous funds and time into it. As well as the east and west regions, in 1989 a third sub-region covering the South Midlands was created. With a news studio in Abingdon (near Oxford), Central News South was at the time of its creation the most automated news operation in the country. The service was launched on 9th January 1989, the opening night being fraught with technical problems. Presenters Wesley Smith and Anne Dawson co-presented the main programme, and were the longest-serving co-presenters of any ITV regional news programme, until Dawson's departure in 2003 to become a college lecturer. Anne was replaced as main presenter by Hannah Stewart-Jones, formerly of Channel TV. Statistics Population: 36,000 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SU497973 Administration Parish: Abingdon District: Vale of White Horse Shire county: Oxfordshire Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Oxfordshire Historic county: Berkshire Services Police force: Thames Valley Police Ambulance: South Central Post office... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... This page has been deleted, and should not be re-created without a good reason. ... ... Hannah Shellswell (née Stewart-Jones) Hannah (right) with Wesley Smith. ... The current Channel TV ident Channel Television (CTV) is a British television station which has served as an Independent Television (ITV), contractor to the Channel Islands since 1962. ...


The BBC finally responded to the creation of Central News South in 2000 by creating a sub-opt-out that is broadcast to Oxfordshire, eastern Wiltshire, and parts of Buckinghamshire. Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ...


Central News South was again a pioneer of new technology when, in the Spring of 2001, state-of-the-art Quantel digital video servers and edit suites were installed, along with a complete re-fit of camera and VTR equipment. This meant that Central South was at the forefront of digital news-gathering in regional news. Quantel is a company based in the United Kingdom and founded in 1973 that designs and manufactures digital production equipment for the broadcast television, video production and motion picture industries. ...


However, it was announced on 6 June 2006 that Central News South's existence as a news region was to end after 17 years when it would merge its operations with Meridian West's output, forming a new news region named ITV Thames Valley and a new news programme, Thames Valley Tonight. Originally, the changes were supposed to make over 40 workers redundant from Central News South, however this was later reduced to 20 [1]. The last edition was broadcast on Sunday 3rd December, although there was a pan-regional Central News broadcast the following morning during GMTV. At the same time, ITV West's (legally HTV West) broadcast footprint was expanded to cover Cheltenham and Gloucestershire from the West's Bristol studios, while Herefordshire re-joined Central News West from Birmingham. June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining // 1508 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year truce and cede several territories to Venice 1513... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Meridian Broadcasting (ITV Meridian) is the holder of the ITV franchise for South and South East England. ... ITV Thames Valley is the expected name of ITVs new region covering the Thames Valley area of the United Kingdom. ... ITV Thames Valley is the expected name of ITVs new region covering the Thames Valley area of the United Kingdom. ... Redundancy, in general terms, refers to the quality or state of being redundant, that is: exceeding what is necessary or normal, containing an excess. ... GMTV (Good Morning Television) is a national British breakfast television station owned by ITV plc (75%) and The Walt Disney Company (25%). It has held the license for the breakfast Channel 3 franchise since 1993, when it outbid the previous 6am-9. ... HTV Group plc is a television company, the ITV contractor of Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc. ... Shown within Gloucestershire Geography Status: Borough Region: South West England Admin. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London and between the cities of Bath, Gloucester and the borough of Swindon. ... Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... This article is about the city in England. ...


Carlton and ITV plc

The ITV Central headquarters in Birmingham Gas Street.
The ITV Central headquarters in Birmingham Gas Street.
Central adopted Carlton branding between 1999 and 2002
Central adopted Carlton branding between 1999 and 2002

Carlton Television had owned a stake in Central since the early eighties (before Carlton became an ITV Franchisee in its own right). In 1994, Central was completely bought by Carlton and on 6 September 1999 was rebranded as Carlton Central, though the registered company name remained Central Independent Television Limited. The new identity, produced by Lambie Nairn was used across all of Carlton's franchises; Carlton London, Westcountry Television and HTV Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2856x2142, 1380 KB) Summary This is a picture of the ITV Central headquarters in Birmingham Gas Street. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2856x2142, 1380 KB) Summary This is a picture of the ITV Central headquarters in Birmingham Gas Street. ... Image File history File links Carltonitv1. ... Image File history File links Carltonitv1. ... Carlton Television was the United Kingdom Channel 3 (ITV) licensee for London and the surrounding areas from 9:25am every Monday to 5. ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... HTV Group plc is a television company, the ITV contractor of Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc. ...


With the merger of Carlton and Granada on 2 February 2004, the brand became ITV1 Central. Central Independent Television is currently owned by ITV plc. February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ITV plc (LSE: ITV) is the British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial terrestrial television network in the United Kingdom. ...


In February 2004, ITV plc announced plans to close and sell the Lenton Lane production centre, located in Nottingham. Following the closure of the Lenton Lane studios, a new news-gathering centre was established in the city, but production of Central News East moved to Central's Birmingham studio in Spring 2005. The former studio complex is now part of The University of Nottingham and is known as 'King's Meadow Campus'. It still maintains one Studio (Studio 7), and this is rented out to television and film Companies, generating income for the University. ITV plc (LSE: ITV) is the British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial terrestrial television network in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Nottingham is a leading research and teaching university in the city of Nottingham, in the East Midlands of England. ...


In October 2004, ITV plc closed Central's presentation/transmission department, moving transmission to the Northern Transmission Centre in Leeds. Many viewers and workers from the British television industry believe this to have been a mistake, claiming that Central had the most professional presentation within the ITV network, and pioneered many technologies and techniques years before they would be adopted on a wider scale. However, the role of presentation and transmission at Birmingham had been significantly reduced after Network presentation was centralised to LNN in London in 2002 and so there was an inevitability that this function would be moved out. CITV (Children's ITV), which had been presented from Central's Birmingham studios since 1983, was also re-homed to Granada's studios in Manchester, with all content pre-recorded and with out-of vision presentation. ITV plc (LSE: ITV) is the British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial terrestrial television network in the United Kingdom. ... Statistics Population: 726,000 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE297338 Administration Metropolitan borough: City of Leeds Metropolitan county: West Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Yorkshire Historic county: Yorkshire (West Riding) Services Police force: West Yorkshire Police Fire and... CITV Logo CITV (short for Childrens ITV or Childrens Independent Television) is the brand name used for the majority of childrens television output on the British Channel 3 television stations, including ITV1, breakfast broadcaster GMTV and the ITV plc-owned CITV Channel as well as non ITV... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough, in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester, North West England. ...


Notable Central programmes

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An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Chancer was a British television serial produced by Central Television. ... For other uses, see Coming of Age. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Supermarket Sweep was a game show on ITV, which was produced between 1992 and 2000 Dale Winton presenting the show. ... The Dreamstone was a British animated television series that ran for four series of 13 episodes between 1990 and 1995. ... Emus Pink Windmill Show Emus All Live Pink Windmill Show was an anarchic British television Childrens ITV series of the 1980s featuring star Rod Hull and his demented puppet, Emu. ... Family Fortunes is a long-running British game show, based on the American game show Family Feud. ... The Gingerbread Man is an English fairy tale about a gingerbread man cookie that comes to life. ... Harrys Mad was a childrens television programme shown in the UK on ITV1 from 1993 to 1996. ... Huxley Pig was a stop-motion animated childrens television series from the late 1980s. ... Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character, who features in a series of thirteen detective novels by British author Colin Dexter, though he is better known for the 33 episode TV series produced by Central Independent Television from 1987–2000, in which he was portrayed by John Thaw. ... The Legends Of Treasure Island is a 1993 cel animation cartoon from the UK. It had two seasons of 13 episodes each and each episode runs for 30 minutes (26 X 30). ... Lets Pretend was a 1980s childrens television series aimed at preschool ages. ... Midas Touch was a game show that was produced by Carlton Television for Central Television and aired on ITV for 2 series between 1995 & 1996, the programme was hosted by Bradley Walsh. ... Carlton Television was the United Kingdom Channel 3 (ITV) licensee for London and the surrounding areas from 9:25am every Monday to 5. ... Moles Christmas is a 30 minute animated film shot in 1994. ... Mr. ... Orm And Cheep Richard Briers narrated stories about Orm (the worm) and Cheep (the bird / feather duster with stick on eyes) Aimed at the younger CITV viewers ... Paddington Station-Bronze of Paddington Bear Paddington Bear is a fictional character in childrens literature. ... 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The Saturday Show was Birmingham-based Central Televisions flagship Saturday morning kids TV show, which ran on ITV for two series between 1982 and 1984. ... The Saturday Starship was a Saturday morning childrens series that was produced by Central Television and aired on the ITV network for one series in 1984 and was hosted by Tommy Boyd & Bonnie Langford. ... // The Tomorrow People is a childrens science fiction television series, devised by Roger Price and produced by Thames Television for Britains ITV network between 1973 and 1979, and revived for a five-season series in the 1990s. ... Tiswas was an anarchic Saturday morning childrens British TV show which ran from January 5, 1974 to April 3, 1982. ... Tales from Fat Tulips Garden was a childrens TV program in the mid 1980s, starring Tony Robinson. ... Rosie and Jim Rosie and Jim (sometimes written as Rosie & Jim) is a British childrens television programme which has appeared, on and off, on CITV (the ITV Childrens Programming Section) since the early 1990s. ... Sharpe is a series of TV movies based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell featuring the character of Richard Sharpe focusing on his adventures in the Napoleonic Wars. ... The $64,000 Question was a popular United States television game show from 1955-1958; The $64,000 Challenge (1956-1958) was its popular spinoff show. ... Soldier Soldier was a British television drama series. ... Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show that ran on the United Kingdoms ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. ... What-a-Mess is a series of childrens books written by British comedy writer Frank Muir and illustrated by Joe Wright. ... White Bears Secret was a follow-up to the cartoon Brown Bears Wedding and was produced by Central Television and aired on ITV at Easter 1992. ... Woof! was a Childrens ITV television series produced by Central Independent Television about the adventures of a boy who turns into a dog. ... Steal was a Saturday evening game show that was produced by Central Television and aired for one series on ITV in 1990 and was hosted by Mark Walker who is the son of Roy Walker the host of Catchphrase. ...

External links

  • ITV Central at itv.com
  • Tiswas Online - Photos of the original home of Central studios, Broad Street.
  • Ident on Central branding

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