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Meridian
Based in Whiteley, Hampshire
(previously Southampton)
Broadcast area South and South East England
Launched 1 January 1993


The original ident, used 1993-96
Closed Lost on-air identity 27 October 2002 (known as ITV1 Meridian before regional programming only)
Replaced Television South
Website itvlocal.com/meridian
Owned by ITV plc

ITV Meridian Ltd (formerly and more commonly known as Meridian Broadcasting) is the holder of the ITV franchise for South and South East England[1]. It has been broadcasting since 1 January 1993, when it replaced TVS. The main headquarters were situated at studios in Northam, Southampton (previously used by both Southern and TVS), but in December 2004 they moved to part of an office building on the Solent Business Park, near Whiteley, Hampshire; as a result, Meridian's role has gradually been reduced from producing a wide variety of regional and network programming (as it did since 1993, when it inherited a large studio complex in Southampton) to producing little more than regional news bulletins which are a contractual obligation (as it does today). Image File history File links ITVMeridian. ... Whiteley is a community in the county of Hampshire, England, near Fareham. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... The north, the midlands and the south Southern England is an imprecise term used to refer to the southern counties of England. ... South East England is one of the nine official regions of England. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Meridian_Broadcasting. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... The north, the midlands and the south Southern England is an imprecise term used to refer to the southern counties of England. ... South East England is one of the nine official regions of England. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Northam is a suburb of Southampton in Hampshire. ... For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... TVS may stand for: Television South TVS, India topological vector space transvaginal ultrasound transient voltage suppressor diode This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... ← - 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in December • 30 Artie Shaw • 29 Julius Axelrod • 28 Jacques Dupuis • 28 Jerry Orbach • 28 Susan Sontag • 26 Reggie White • 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy • 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao • 23 Doug Ault • 19 Renata Tebaldi • 16... Whiteley is a community in the county of Hampshire, England, near Fareham. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Launch

The first programme shown on Meridian was Meridian - The First 10 Minutes This was a 10-minute long movie, showcasing the future for ITV on Meridian. Other launch day programmes including Michael Palin's First Night on Meridian. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ...


Other Meridian-commissioned programmes that were introduced included Wizadora for pre-school children, plus Zzap and Eye Of The Storm for older children. Later on other children's programming was introduced including Dog and Duck for pre-school children. Drama became a successful genre for Meridian, with Peter Kosminsky's hard-hitting No Child of Mine (co-produced by Stonehenge Films, United Productions and Meridian for ITV) tackling the emotionally difficult subject of child abuse, winning Meridian a BAFTA. Later, the same production team tackled vicious childhood bullying in Walking on the Moon for ITV. Hornblower was a Sunday night success for ITV and another Sunday night favourite, Where The Heart Is, transferred production from Anglia to Meridian in 2004. Peter Kosminsky is an English Director, Actor and Producer. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Hornblower is the umbrella title of an acclaimed series of television drama programmes loosely based on C. S. Foresters novels about the character Horatio Hornblower, a British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars. ...


When TVS took over from Southern in 1982 the south-east region was enlarged by switching the Bluebell Hill transmitter from Thames/LWT, resulting in a new centre in Maidstone, but when Meridian took over the franchise, they created a new "West" sub-region around the Hannington transmitter in order to improve the area's local news coverage, using a small news studio based at Newbury. The centre was closed in 2004, with production of Meridian Tonight moving to the new headquarters in Whiteley. Meridian Tonight is the flagship news programme in the ITV Meridian region. ...


Sub-regions

Meridian operates three sub-regions:

The South and South-East regions produce their own editions of the flagship news magazine Meridian Tonight (6pm weeknights), alongside further Meridian News bulletins throughout the day. Only during GMTV are there pan-regional bulletins, which are now branded GMTV News as they now also cover all of the Thames Valley region. The sub-regions have their own local advertisements too, but otherwise, programmes across the whole Meridian region are identical. All of the bulletins for all three regions come from studios in the same building in Whiteley, Hampshire. Some consider this controversial, particularly as the Meridian South East programme for Kent, East Sussex and South Essex is presented by anchors from a studio in Hampshire, 60 miles from the nearest part of the South East region (Brighton) and 160 miles from its furthest point (Broadstairs). This practice isn't a new one, though, as Anglia have always broadcast both of their editions of Anglia News/Anglia Tonight from Norwich for the east and west of the region since their inception in 1990, covering a geographical area roughly the same size in length as Meridian's. The main newsroom, technical production and transmission end of the programmes is centred in Whiteley - but there is a small south-east newsroom with a limited number of reporters based thereThe Maidstone Studios Meridian left these studios originally and went to an industrial estate at New Hythe near Maidstone in Kent. Programme editorial decisions are made in Whitely for all regions. The model has been extended to Thames Valley Tonight, which is also produced at the Whiteley headquarters, with the former Central South studio in Abingdon as a satellite newsroom remaining in a small part of the building. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation). ... Medway is the name given to a conurbation in the north of Kent, England. ... East Sussex is a county in South East England. ... For other meanings of Essex, see Essex (disambiguation). ... Brighton and Hove is a city on the south coast of England. ... Brighton and Hove is a city on the south coast of England. ... West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Isle of Wight (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... , Bournemouth is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. ... Dorset (pronounced DOR-sit or [dɔ.sət], and sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the south-west of England, on the English Channel coast. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the English county. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 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. ... 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. ... , For other places with the same name, see Swindon (disambiguation). ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... Meridian Tonight is the flagship news programme in the ITV Meridian region. ... 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. ... Above: Studio of GMTV News (south) GMTV News is the brand name for the regional news service in the south coast of England and the Thames Valley. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation). ... East Sussex is a county in South East England. ... For other meanings of Essex, see Essex (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... Brighton is located on the south coast of England, and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton and Hove. ... , Broadstairs is a town in East Kent, England, 76 miles east of London with excellent and first class road links (1 hour from the M25) with a population of about 22,000. ... Anglia Tonight is the local news programme for the Anglia Television at 6pm every weeknight. ... Anglia Tonight is the flagship local news programme for the Anglia ITV region, airing at 6pm every weeknight. ... The Maidstone Studios is a television studio complex based at Vinters Park in Maidstone, Kent UK. It is home to a lot of independent British television programming including quiz shows and popular childrens shows such as CITVs Art Attack. ... For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation). ... ITV Thames Valley is the expected name of ITVs new region covering the Thames Valley area of the United Kingdom. ... , Abingdon (traditionally known as Abingdon-on-Thames) is a market town in Oxfordshire in Southern England. ...


Under plans announced by ITV in September 2007, the region's three evening news broadcasts - Meridian South, Meridian South East and Thames Valley - will become one. The new regional programme would cover an area stretching from Kent and south Essex to Dorset as well as north to Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.This move is very unpopular and is not conceived as being a "local" news service a service that had been established by TVS with the awarding winning evening news programme "Coast to Coast".


ITV Meridian employs about 180 people. It is not known how many jobs will go because of the changes but some job losses look inevitable.[2]


Presenters (Meridian News)

  • Weather - Gemma Humphries, Martyn Davies, Robin Lermitte, Philippa Drew (all sub-regions); Carl Tyler (relief forecaster/former regular South presenter); Simon Parkin (dedicated Thames Valley forecaster/very occasional cover for Meridian)

This page has been deleted, and should not be re-created without a good reason. ... Mary Green is a British television presenter currently presenting Thames Valley Tonight on ITV Thames Valley, covering the Central South and Meridian West regions. ... Hannah Shellswell (née Stewart-Jones) Hannah (right) with Wesley Smith. ... [1]Ian Axton is a British television newsreader, who works for ITV Meridian. ... Glen Thompsett is a British television presenter, radio presenter, voiceover artist and continuity announcer. ... Fred Edgar Dinenage is a television host and newsreader, based in the south of England. ... Debbie Thrower (born 17 Nov 1957) is a British Television presenter currently working for ITV region Meridian on the Southern edition of its flagship programme Meridian Tonight. ... Gemma Humphries is a British weather forecaster who presents the regional weather on regional ITV station ITV Meridian. ... Martyn Davies Martyn Davies is a British meteorologist who presents the ITV Weather for British station ITV1. ... Robin Lermitte is a British weather presenter for ITV London on London Today & London Tonight during weekends and as cover when main presenter Chrissie Reidy is away. ...

Identity

Meridian's original ident featured an exploding mix of orange, yellow and blue, which then came together to form the familiar sun/face logo. The unusual logo design is reportedly inspired by maritime images (the sun/moon face is a recurring feature on compasses, sextons and other nautical artefacts used in the navigation of ships), appropriately reflecting the south's long seafaring history and naval credentials. The name "Meridian", which derives from a Latin word meaning "of the south", may also be linked to the Prime Meridian (the boundary between the Western and Eastern Hemispheres of the globe, and a key landmark in the measurement of time), which passes through the middle of the region, although this has not been confirmed. A television ident visually identifies the network or station presenting a television programme. ...


Under several different formups and backgrounds, the sun/face logo was in use until 2002 when the station was re-branded as 'ITV1 Meridian'. The original logo was last seen at the start of the late-night weather forecast on 5 December 2004, and on 1 February 2005 it was replaced with a banner simply saying 'ITV Meridian', the 'official' name of the franchisee these days. Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Ownership

Meridian Broadcasting was originally controlled by Mills and Allen International (MAI).[3]. In 1994, MAI bought Anglia Television, and in 1995 it was a major shareholder in the consortium that won the franchise for Channel 5.[4] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Five (often referred as five, as per the logo), formerly, and more commonly known as Channel 5, is the British fifth and final national analogue terrestrial TV channel. ...


In 1996, MAI merged with United Newspapers (via an agreed takeover by United) to form United News and Media (UNM). The resulting company owned the Daily Express newspaper, Meridian, Anglia, and a large shareholding (through the Yorkshire Post) in Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television, the owners of Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television[5]. This stake was sold to Granada Television, allowing them to take control of the two franchises. In 1997, UNM bought HTV.[4] The phrase mergers and acquisitions (abbreviated M&A) refers to the aspect of corporate strategy, corporate finance and management dealing with the buying, selling and combining of different companies that can aid, finance, or help a growing company in a given industry grow rapidly without having to create another business... Categories: Stub | Media companies of the United Kingdom | Companies traded on the LSE ... For other uses, see Daily Express (disambiguation). ... The Yorkshire Post was founded in 1754, as the Leedes Intelligencer, making it one of Britains first daily newspapers. ... Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television was a British broadcasting consortium, which is now part of ITV plc. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Tyne Tees Television is the ITV television contractor for North East England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ITV Wales & West Ltd (formally and more commonly known as HTV) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England[1]. It is owned by ITV plc. ...


UNM had spent several years attempting to merge with either Granada Group or Carlton Communications, but negotiations came to nothing. Instead, in 2000, UNM sold its broadcasting and newspaper interests and became United Business Media. Meridian, Anglia and HTV were acquired by Granada, but the UK Broadcasting Act, at that time, did not allow one company to control that number of franchises. Granada gave HTV to Carlton, in return for Carlton relinquishing the 20% stake in Meridian that it had inherited from Central Independent Television.[6] Carlton Communications plc was a former British media company, which was founded by Michael Green and listed on the London Stock Exchange from 1983 until 2 February 2004, when it merged with Granada plc, to form ITV plc. ... UBM Logo United Business Media provides business information services principally to the technology, healthcare, media, automotive and financial services industries. ... This article is about a Canadian legislation. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 2002, Granada and Carlton decided to consolidate the separate brandings for the ITV franchises that they controlled, this consolidation became even more apparent after Granada and Carlton merged to form ITV plc. Also see: 2002 (number). ... 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. ...


Productions

Some of Meridian's notable contributions to the national television network include:

Hornblower is the umbrella title of an acclaimed series of television drama programmes loosely based on C. S. Foresters novels about the fictional character Horatio Hornblower, a British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Monkey Business is a long-running show about the exploits of various primates that are held at Monkey World, a rescue centre and sanctuary for primates in Dorset, United Kingdom. ... The Ruth Rendell Mysteries is a British television series made by TVS and Meridian Television for ITV between 1987 and 2000. ... TVS may stand for: Television South TVS, India topological vector space transvaginal ultrasound transient voltage suppressor diode This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Esther Louise Rantzen CBE (born on 22 June 1940 ) (age 66)) is a British journalist and television presenter who is best known for her long stint in Thats Life! and her anti paedophile activism activities as founder of the charity ChildLine. ... Wizadora Wizadora was a childrens television programme broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom from 1993 to 2000. ... ZZZap! was a British childrens television programme that was aimed primarily at hearing impaired children. ... On July 20, 1969 man first walked on the moon (see the Apollo 11 mission. ... Where the Heart Is was a soap opera which aired on CBS from September 8, 1969 to March 23, 1973. ...

ITV Local

Main article: ITV Local

Meridian was the first to trial the online local television service, ITV Local, in 2005 (former Meridian managing director and one-time LNN journalist Lindsay Charlton is director of programming and content). The service, available 24 hours a day, provides all regional content shown on Meridian, plus additional coverage of local events, documentaries, webcams, advertisements and other features. It was later joined by ITV Thames Valley, ITV London, Central, Granada, ITV Wales, ITV Yorkshire, ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border. The final rollouts to ITV West and Westcountry were completed on 8th October 2007. ITV Local is a broadband service provided by ITV. Established in 2005, the website provides local news, weather and features on demand, 24 hours a day. ... ITV Local is a broadband service provided by ITV. Established in 2005, the website provides local news, weather and features on demand, 24 hours a day. ... ITV Thames Valley is the expected name of ITVs new region covering the Thames Valley area of the United Kingdom. ... ITV London is the brand name and on-screen identity used by ITV plc for the ITV1 television channel in the London region. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Granada (disambiguation). ... ITV Wales & West Ltd (formally and more commonly known as HTV) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England[1]. It is owned by ITV plc. ... Yorkshire Television logo 1987 Yorkshire Television Limited is the ITV contractor for Yorkshire, England, and the surrounding areas. ... Tyne Tees Television Limited is the ITV television contractor for North East England. ... Border Television logo, 1993-1998 Border Television is the ITV franchisee for the border region between England and Scotland, and also the Crown Dependency of Isle of Man. ... HTV Group plc is a television company, the ITV contractor of Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc. ... Westcountry Television is the ITV franchise holder in the South West of England, replacing its predecessor, TSW (Television South West), on 1 January 1993. ...


References

  1. ^ Meridian licence - Ofcom
  2. ^ "Meridian faces axe", Salisbury Journal, 21 September 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-21. 
  3. ^ United Business Media annual report
  4. ^ a b OfCom
  5. ^ PRNewsWire
  6. ^ ITV plc

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