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Encyclopedia > Westcountry Television
Westcountry Television
Based in Plymouth
Broadcast area Devon
Cornwall
South and West Somerset
West Dorset
Launched 1 January 1993

Image:Westcountrytv-90logo.jpg
Westcountry TV logo 1993
Closed Became Carlton Westcountry in 1999, but its lost on-air identity on 27 October 2002 (now known as ITV1 Westcountry before regional programming only)
Replaced TSW
Website itvregions.com/westcountry
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. It covers Devon, Cornwall, and areas of Somerset and Dorset. Image File history File links Westcountry_TV.gif Summary It came from ITV.vom Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Plymouth is a city of 243,795 inhabitants (2001 census) in the south-west of England, or alternatively the West Country, and is situated within the traditional and ceremonial county of Devon at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar and at the head of one of the world... “Devonshire” redirects here. ... Cornwall (pronounced ; Cornish: ) is a county in south-west England, United Kingdom, on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar and Devon. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... Dorset (pronounced DOR-sit or [dÉ”.sÉ™t], and sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the south-west of England, on the English Channel coast. ... 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 Westcountrytv-90logo. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 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 or Channel 3) 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... Categories: Television stubs | ITV ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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). ...


Although Westcountry is intended for Devon and Cornwall and parts of Somerset and West Dorset, it can be picked up in parts of South Wales and even South-West Ireland (i.e Munster). It is common in many area in South Wales for residents to receive Westcountry solely as opposed to official Welsh broadcaster, HTV. Likewise, people in North Devon and North Cornwall can sometimes pick up ITV Wales and RTÉ (the national television service of the Republic of Ireland). “Devonshire” redirects here. ... Cornwall (pronounced ; Cornish: ) is a county in south-west England, United Kingdom, on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar and Devon. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... www. ... Approximate extent of South Wales South Wales (Welsh: ) is an area of Wales bordered by England and the Bristol Channel to the east and south, and Mid Wales and West Wales to the north and west. ... HTV (originally Harlech Television, later HTV Limited and HTV Group plc and now ITV Wales and West Limited) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc. ... HTV (originally Harlech Television, later HTV Limited and HTV Group plc and now ITV Wales and West Limited) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc. ... Radio Telefís Éireann[1] (RTÉ; IPA: ,  ) is the Public Service Broadcaster of the Republic of Ireland. ...


ITV Westcountry has sub-studios in: Penzance, Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Torbay, Barnstaple, Weymouth, and Taunton as well as the main studio on the Langage Science Park, to the east of Plympton near Plymouth. It has four sub-programmes (local news sections) within its main Westcountry News evening programme, covering the West (Truro), East (Exeter), North (Barnstaple) and South (Plymouth) of the Region. It was the first ITV company to do this. Penzance Harbour and surrounding area as seen from the air Penzance (Cornish: Pensans) is a civil parish and port town in the Penwith district of Cornwall, England, UK. Granted various Royal Charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated in 1614,[2] it has a population of 21,168[1] people and... Truro (pronounced ; Cornish: Truru) is a city in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. ... Plymouth is a city of 243,795 inhabitants (2001 census) in the south-west of England, or alternatively the West Country, and is situated within the traditional and ceremonial county of Devon at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar and at the head of one of the world... The city of Exeter is the county town of Devon, in the southwest of England, also known as the West Country. ... Torbay (IPA: ) is an east-facing bay, at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south-west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. ... Statistics Population: 34,000 (April 2006 Est. ... Weymouth is a town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. ... Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. ... Plymouth is a city of 243,795 inhabitants (2001 census) in the south-west of England, or alternatively the West Country, and is situated within the traditional and ceremonial county of Devon at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar and at the head of one of the world... Truro (pronounced ; Cornish: Truru) is a city in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. ... The city of Exeter is the county town of Devon, in the southwest of England, also known as the West Country. ... Statistics Population: 34,000 (April 2006 Est. ... Plymouth is a city of 243,795 inhabitants (2001 census) in the south-west of England, or alternatively the West Country, and is situated within the traditional and ceremonial county of Devon at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar and at the head of one of the world... Look up Region in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) 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...


In 2009, Westcountry, along with ITV Wales, ITV West and ITV Granada will cease its analogue broadcasts as part of the switch to digital TV. HTV (originally Harlech Television, later HTV Limited and HTV Group plc and now ITV Wales and West Limited) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc. ... HTV (originally Harlech Television, later HTV Limited and HTV Group plc and now ITV Wales and West Limited) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


History

Wetscountry, originally an independent company, replaced Television South West at 00:00 GMT on 1 January 1993. The first programme aired on the channel was a video welcoming viewers to Westcountry and promising higher levels of regional commitment. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For alternate meanings of GMT, see GMT (disambiguation). ... 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). ...


In 1996, Westcountry was purchased by Carlton Communications (now ITV plc), who by that time owned the London weekday (Carlton Television) and Midlands (Central) franchises. Subsequently, Westcountry was re-branded as Carlton Westcountry in September 1999, although only referred on screen as Carlton. On 27 October 2002, Carlton Westcountry lost its regional identity, and became known as ITV1 Carlton prior to regional programmes only, while being known as ITV1 at all other times. The franchise briefly became ITV1 for the Westcountry in 2003, before being renamed as ITV1 Westcountry upon the ITV plc merger of 2004. ITV1 Westcountry was used for a time after this, although now the regional name is only verbally mentioned before any locally-produced programming. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... 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. ... 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. ... Carlton Television was the United Kingdom Channel 3 (ITV) licensee for London and the surrounding areas from 9:25am every Monday to 5. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday 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. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Following a speech by Michael Grade about regional broadcasting post switchover at the 2007 Nations and Regions conference in Cardiff, there has been speculation that ITV Westcountry and ITV West could merge operations[1], as part of further streamlining of regional operations (other regions affected could include ITV Border and ITV Anglia). Rumours suggest that, while a newsroom (and separate regional identity) would be retained in the south west, the main Westcountry Live programme would move to a studio alongside The West Tonight at ITV West in Bristol (akin to the Meridian and Thames Valley news services at Whiteley). While seemingly plausible to many, given the developments at ITV over the years (particularly the branding of the Westcountry portal of ITV Local[2] due to launch soon), these rumours have had no concrete confirmation from any official source at ITV.


Programmes

Westcountry has not made any notable contribution to the ITV network, but produces mainly regional programmes such as Westcountry Live, the main evening news bulletin, as well as several regional factual series.


Westcountry Live presenters are: Sheila Jansen, Peter Wareham, Richard Bath, Nicky Parr, Jemma Woodman, Alexis Bowater and James Wignall. Richard Bath and Alexis Bowater usually present the main programme at 6pm.

Westcountry Live is the flagship regional news programme for ITV region Westcountry. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

External links


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Westcountry Television Limited has been the ITV contractor for South West England (Devon and Cornwall mainly) since 1 January 1993, replacing Television South West Limited[?] on that date.
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In 2002, this became ITV1 Carlton (West Country) on air, although off air it has been referred to since early 2003 as ITV1 Westcountry.
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