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ITV.

Last seen on: Newsday.com Crossword – Jul 22 2021

Random information on the term “ITV”:

ITV is a British free-to-air television network with its headquarters in London. It was launched in 1955 as Independent Television to provide competition to BBC Television, which had been established in 1932. ITV is the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3 to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4.

ITV was for decades a network of separate television companies which provided regional television services and also shared programmes between each other to be shown on the entire network. Each franchise was originally owned by a different company, but after several mergers the fifteen regional franchises are held by two companies, ITV plc and STV Group.

Today ITV simply commissions the network schedule centrally – programmes are made by its own subsidiary ITV Studios and independent production companies.

The ITV network is a separate entity from ITV plc, the company that resulted from the merger of Granada plc and Carlton Communications in 2004. ITV plc holds the Channel 3 broadcasting licences for every region (via the ITV channel) except central and northern Scotland, which are held by STV Group and its television channel.

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